High Court Re-Affirms Order on Electricity Tariff Hike

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has re-affirmed the existing order restraining the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) from implementing any upward review of electricity tariff pending the hearing and final determination of the suit filed by a lawyer and rights activist, Toluwani Yemi Adebiyi, over the issue, The Guardian reports.

The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, affirmed the position yesterday while delivering a ruling on the objections of NERC against the contempt charge suit filed by the plaintiff.

Adebiyi had sought to commit the NERC Chairman and the CEOs of the Distribution Companies (Discos) to prison for announcing the implementation of the new electricity tariff despite a subsisting court order barring same. Justice Idris had earlier in his ruling set aside Form 49 and the motion for committal to prison filed against the defendants by the plaintiff.

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