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HEMBADOON ORSAR writes that an irascible staff of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) in Makurdi shattered the skull of a 16-year-old girl after disconnecting power from her father’s house.

Wonders shall never end, as a staff of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) whose duty is just supposed to be to distribute bills, disconnect and reconnect electricity to homes in Welfare Quarters, Makurdi the Benue State capital went gaga and in the process, allegedly broke the skull of 16-year-old Mercy Idoko a resident of Welfare Quarters, with the pliers he is using for his work, leaving the young lady with a penetrating cut on her forehead.

Our correspondent gathered that some staff of the JEDC were in the area to disconnect electricity from some houses who are allegedly owing the company and after disconnecting power from Mr Idoko’s compound in Welfare Quarters and cut off the wires, Mercy’s elder sister came out and told them not to take the wire with them for fear of paying for another wire when their father finally gets money to pay. Mercy’s plea strangely angered the staff of the electricity distribution company.

Mercy, the  assault victim who spoke to our correspondent alleged that a team of JEDC staff came to their compound and cut off the wires connecting power to their compound and wanted to take it wires away. This action did not go well with my elder sister who attempted to plead with them not to take the wire away. As she approached them one of them hit her with a plier on the head and she started crying loud,  I was inside the room, hearing her shout for help,  I came outside, and asked the man why he hit my sister only for him to hit me with the same pliers on my forehead and blood started rushing out.”

Father of the victim Mr Idoko  who was seen  with his daughter said he was not in the house when his two daughters were assaulted but that he received a distress call to come home and he rushed back home, only for him to see his daughter  bleeding on her forehead while the JEDC staff pleaded with him not to report the matter to the police but follow them to their office for amicable settlement which according to him, he obliged.

“While at the JEDC office,  nobody attended to us, my daughter continued to bleed, during which I left the office and reported to the police before finally taking her to the hospital for treatment.”

Commenting, acting secretary of Welfare Quarters Association of Landlords Mr Joseph Nomor condemned the act, saying, the association had earlier entered into agreement  with JEDC, which stipulated that wires in houses disconnected in the area should be handed over to the association to avoid situation where some residents are asked to pay for another wire before reconnection.

When contacted the police public relations officer ASP Moses Yamu who confirmed the incidence however said, that the report indicated that the JEDC team went to the area to disconnect electricity   and one of them was on the ladder to disconnect the light and the victim came out and shook the ladder causing the man to fall, which triggered his anger.

According to him, investigation is ongoing, and they will soon be charged to court.



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