The chairman of the Ado Ekiti Residents’ Consumers Association (ARCA), Dr. Ibukun Ogundipe , has alleged threat to his life by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
Ogundipe , who had led several protests against BEDC for allegedly imposing what he called ‘frivolous and crazy tariffs on the residents’ has petitioned the security agencies to that effect, calling for their interventions in the lingering crisis.
He urged the Ekiti State police commissioner, Mr. Bello Ahmed , and the State Director of Department of State Services(DSS), Mrs Precious Iheneacho, to intervene and ensure that he and members of his family were adequately protected against the evil plot targeted at them.
In the petition dated November 12, 2018, and addressed to the security chiefs , Ogundipe pleaded with the inspector general of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to urgently investigate the matter and provide security cover for him and members of his family.
The ARCA chairman, in the petition, explained how a letter from anonymous source was dropped at the gate of his residence at Awedele, Ado Ekiti capital city on November 9, 2018, warning him to be wary of the BEDC on the premise that they were already gathering information on how to deal with him.
Responding, the BEDC public relations officer in the state, Mr. Kayode Brown, said the company is a responsible one and cannot descend to the level of threatening in dealing with an issue that had been resolved by DSS.
The petition stated, “I have been leading this registered association to take some lawful actions to checkmate the outrageous and excessive bills which the BEDC serves on the people every month.
“These action no doubt did not go down well with BEDC. It is expedient to note that the National Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) had set guidelines for Discos not to charge houses on R2 and C1 categories beyond N3,100 and N3,600 respectively on monthly basis as against N12,000 being paid and my people have been following this template set by NERC.
“I have been the motivating factor behind the association’s hitherto actions against frivolous bills by BEDC. This may be a reason for why BEDC would want to eliminate me.
“I hereby plead that you institute investigations to nab those behind these premeditated criminal assault and also provide me with security to prevent these wicked folks from realising their mission,” he said.
Also addressing the pressmen on the issue, the school administrator said the fight over arbitrary billing was not a personal issue between him and the BEDC but was done to prevent unnecessary cheating of Nigerians.