The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company said some persistent debtor-customers in Chibiri under Kuje Area Council where properly disconnected by its officials.
This is contrary to the claims in an online news report published at the weekend titled, “Abuja Residents Raise Alarm Over Alleged Fraud, Illegal Mass Disconnection By Disco.”
They had accused staff of Kuje Area Office of AEDC of wrongful disconnection of electricity customers in Chibiri Community and of “extorting money from the customers without remitting it to the company even as they still go ahead to disconnect the same consumers”.
The Head of Public Relations and Media of the Company, Ahmed Shekarau, the AEDC stated that the allegations contained in the online news report were not only false but also misleading and a spirited attempt at forcing AEDC to reconnect a journalist and also tarnish the reputation of the Company by casting aspersions on some of its staff who disconnected the journalist.
The AEDC management further said that the allegations was investigated and discovered that the writer is a persistent debtor-customer who was disconnected on account of outstanding electricity bills of over N47,000, which he has been owing for several months.
The statement further revealed that the management’s investigation revealed that the journalist, Yusuf Ozi-Usman, had actually approached Shekarau and solicited the latter’s intervention to get his personal house reconnected by its Kuje Area Office.
The statement disclosed further that the AEDC spokesman had intervened on the ground that the journalist will meet his own part of the agreement by settling the balance of his outstanding debt on or before the end of last month.Shekarau said unfortunately, Ozi-Usman did not meet his own side of the agreement, hence he was not reconnected.
The AEDC said as a Company, it has tremendous respect for the media, whose partnership it cherishes towards building a viable power sector for Nigeria.