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Anger In The Land PHCN official beaten up for distributing bills without constant light

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A staff of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), Eunice Enyi, is currently recuperating in a private hospital after a 40-year-old man, Ozoigbo Ikenna, descended on her and gave her the beating of her life when she went to distribute electricity bills in the Oko-Oba area of Agege, Lagos State.

It was gathered that Ikenna, a resident of Williams Eliot Street in the area, was angry when Enyi and some other officials of the company went around distributing the bills and threatening to cut supplies to homes that refused to pay the estimated bill.

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The residents were said to have questioned the power officials why they still brought the high bills when they had not been enjoying electricity for many months but Enyi was said to have told them they should not complain as they were not the ones responsible for the power outage.

The statement apparently got Ikenna angry and he pounced on her and assaulted her.

He was arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on two-count charges of assault and breach of peace to which he pleaded not guilty.

The police prosecutor, Corporal Ishola Samuel, had earlier told the court that Ikenna beat up Enyi while on lawful duty at his residence.

Cpl. Samuel said that the complainant was performing her official duties by sharing electricity bills when she was assaulted by the accused in his compound.

“The accused locked the entrance gate, deprived her of going outside and beat up the complainant for bringing an electricity bill without a constant light.”

The prosecutor said that Enyi was left with a black eye and severe injuries on different parts of her body and when she reported the case to the police, Ikenna was arrested.

He added that the offences contravened Sections 171 and 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, with section 171 prescribing a three-year jail term for assault and harm.

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Following his not guilty plea, the Magistrate, A.R. Onilogbo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N10,000, with two sureties in like sum, while the case was adjourned till February 22, 2017, for a mention.

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