An Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa on Monday ordered the immediate restoration of power supply to Ijesaland by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company PLC (IBEDEC) pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice by some consumers.
IBEDEC had disconnected power supply to the entire Ijesaland comprising of six local governments because some youths from Olomilagbala and Odo-Iro areas in Ilesa assaulted officials of the company while discharging their duty.
Justice A. L. Adegoke while granting the order after hearing from the counsel to the Applicants, Olayinka Sokoya said the order became imperative to prevent further hardship been caused to the applicants and electricity consumers in the area.
Mr. Kanmi Ajibola Esq and Olayinka Sokoya had dragged IBEDEC to court for disconnecting electricity supply to Ilesa and envisions thereby causing undue hardship to electricity consumers in about six local government areas of Osun State.
Meanwhile, the disconnection of power supply to the communities had sparked violent protest in Ilesa by irate youths who felt that it was unfair to punish communities for offence committed by few unscrupulous youths who meted attack on IBEDEC staff.
The protest however degenerated to violence yesterday with attack on journalists who were out to cover and report situations in Ijesaland.
It was gathered that the youths who were protesting the long term power outage allegedly damaged the vehicle of Uniq FM/ Freedom Television, Ilesa.
The youths at the Isokun area of Ilesa also allegedly damaged the car of the General Manager of Uniq fm and Freedom Television, broke the glass of the car and destroyed the cameras the station uses for news coverage.
Besides, many journalists were attacked with their electronic gadgets damaged, the protesters seized the working tools of reporters and damaged the gadgets, even as they molested the newsmen who attempted to cover the protest.
As of the time of filling this reports, Soldiers have been reportedly deployed in Ilesa as the situation seemed to have gone beyond the control of men of the Nigerian Police Force.
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