No fewer than three hundred angry residents believed to be costumers of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC), on Thursday vent their protest to the Area office of the AEDC, over poor electricity supply.
The Protesters who had earlier locked down the Ganaja office of the AEDC, matched to the Area office of the company in protest of over billing, poor supply and constant harassment by AEDC officials, describing AEDC as the worst distribution company in Nigeria.
The protest led to diversion of vehicles, as the ever busy IBB way was completely taken over by the protesters, who majorly youths and women, chanting songs and carrying placards with various inscriptions like; AEDC Enough is Enough, Engr. Oluwatoyin Junaidu Must Go, AEDC Worst Disco in Nigeria, among other inscriptions.
Staffers of the AEDC on seeing the angry protesters, ran for their lives, scaled the fence of the organization, leaving the security guards on duty at the mercy of the protesters, who received severe beatings.
Spokesman of the protesters, Liman Ishaq, said since the deployment of One Mr Oluwatoyin Junaidu, as regional manager, the power supply to Lokoja and Ganaja has worsened, lamenting that despite complaints, the people have been left to suffer untold hardship.
Mr Liman said aside exorbitant billing by AEDC, the Ganaja village has never had it this bad as is currently witnessed, attributing the suffering of residents to the inhuman and wicked policy of the new manager deployed to the area.
Addressing the protesters, the representative of AEDC, Engr James Olayemi, assured that the complaint of the protesters would be delivered to the appropriate authorities and appealed for calm and patience on the part of the protesters, promising an improved power supply.
Meanwhile, the men of the Nigerian Police tried to calm the protest, shot tear gas and fired gunshot into the air to disperse the protesters, leading to a free for all as the protesters in turn threw stones at the police, leading to return of normalcy after three hours of lockdown of the AEDC area office and the major road.
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