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Youths In Badagry Stage Protest Over Power Outage

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Some youths in Badagry, Lagos State, on
Monday converged on the office of the Eko
Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) in
the area to protest over poor supply of
electricity in the community.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that the youths, who started the protest by
11a.m., blocked the entrance of the EKEDC
office, burning tyres and chanting songs.
They were seen carrying different placards
with inscriptions like “Don’t turn Badagry to
darkness,” “Don’t you want light in your
life?”, “Stop giving us bills” and “Leave here
if you can’t give us light”.
The protest resulted in heavy traffic as the
protesters blocked a side of the road on
which the EKEDC office is located.
Mr Olayinka Okoya, the leader of the group,
told NAN that there had been no power
supply in Badagry for the past three weeks.
“We have had more than enough of this.
They do not give us light yet they bring bills
at the end of the month and the bills are as
high as N120,000.
“Despite the fact that we do not have light,
officials of EKEDC would come to our
houses and cut us off even after we pay
bills for power supply we do not get.
“We have been living in darkness for the
past one month; we have complained
several times, yet nothing has been done
about it, so decided to protest to express our
grievances.
“This must stop, we must be given power
supply and outrageous bills must stop
because we cannot take this anymore,” he
said.
Efforts by the NAN correspondent to speak
with the EKEDC officials were unsuccessful
as they refused to talk.
NAN reports that some people took
advantage of the situation to harass
motorists and loot some shops on the road.
Sachets of water, popularly known as “pure
water” were thrown at passersby and
motorists and broken bottles were used to
litter the road.
NAN reports that some roadside shops, as
well as a mini-mart at a nearby Mobil petrol
station were looted.
A passerby, Miss Morenike Ajayi, told NAN
of her ordeal in the hands of the protesters.
“I was just walking on my own when pure
water sachets were thrown at me, what’s
my business with their protest or did I say
the power supply should be bad?
“I did not warrant such attack and it was
uncalled for,” she said.
Mr Audu Ali, a tricycle operator, said that his
phone was stolen by one of the protesters.
“Some boys who were among the protesters
just came to me and snatched my phone
and quickly joined the crowd.
“I don’t know how I will get another phone
and this is not fair at all,” he said.
The Divisional Crime Officer, Badagry Police
Division, DSP Aletor Peter, told NAN that
staff members of the MOBIL petrol station
reported to the police that their shop was
looted.
He said that investigation had commenced
into the incident and those involved in the
looting would be arrested. (NAN)

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