The families of a two months old baby, Master Amos Emeka and a two years old girl, Rukaiya Salihu, electrocuted in 2016 in Gwada area of Niger State have sued the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in a Niger State High Court demanding for N300m compensation.
According to a writ of summons filed at the High Court of Niger State, the bereaved families represented by Abdullahi Idris and Mohammed Abdullah averred that Rukaiya’s mother, Mrs Kande Salihu, Mrs Adama Tanko and an officer of the FRSC, Idris Bala were also killed in the incident which occurred on 5th April 2016.
They said that AEDC was responsible for the upsurge in electricity supply caused by faulty cables in which the five persons were electrocuted while many others were injured and several properties destroyed.
The summon read thus “the defendants in their perpetual negligence had also caused another power surge at various houses in Kuta, Shiroro local government of the state on 20/4/2018 where electronics and electrical equipments were destroyed”.
They plantiffs therefore prayed that the court should issue “an order to the defendant to pay the sum of N200 million as compensation to the families of the deceased persons who were killed as a result of electrocution, in addition to N50m as general damages and another N50m as cost of litigation”.
They also sought for an order of the court for perpetual injunction restraining AEDC and its agents from further harassing, disconnecting affected communities’ power supply on account of indebtedness relating the issue pending the outcome of the suit.
In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs stated that discussions on the issue of compensation for victims of the incident have been stalled by AEDC after an inconclusive meeting between the company and representatives of the deceased families.
“Based on the foregoing, the plaintiffs however caused a letter of reminder to the defendants dated 3rd April 2018 and in response the defendants replied in a letter dated 28 March 2018 through MA Abugi of counsel to the AEDC that the plaintiffs are advised to seek compensation for their losses from the appropriate authorities as the AEDC is not liable to pay compensation to them.”
The plaintiffs noted in the claim that based on the response AEDC was not remorseful and were reluctant to fulfill its earlier promise to compensate the victims of the incident.
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