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In Abuja Residents raise alarm over ‘illegal’ electricity charges

Residents of Apo Resettlement in Zone B area of Abuja have frowned at the high electricity charges introduced by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

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According to the residents, Apo AEDC branch office has continued with operation cut off light in all the streets of the Zone B area but introduced illegal charges.

The residents the Resettlement area under the auspices of Apo Residents  Forum of Electricity Consumers (AREC), has ask the company to explain how it arrived at its recent kilowatts and the illegal billing being experienced by members of the area.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the leader of the forum, Hon. Kingsley Madaki, who led a massive protest to register their grievances over the recent increase described the operation cut off light in the Resettlement area as the highest act of injustice to humanity.

He said the operation cut off light which is led Mrs Chichi of Apo Distribution Branch was a bad idea. He said by disconnecting the Zone B area due to their inability to meet up with what he described as high billing was an act of discrimination to the people of the area that are entitle to basic social amenities. 

Madaki said the forum has resolved to continue to speak up against any form of fraud against electricity consumers within the area and would mobilize more people especially those affected by the charges to resist it.

"We will continue with the fight against illegal billing of electricity consumers, mostly in the face of hardship being faced presently by Nigerians.”

We as a forum hereby call on AEDC to immediately reconnect our area and also investigate persons behind this high billing because we heard it on a very reliable source that this woman Chichi only carries out the act of disconnecting houses in other to be bribed to reconnect it. This government led by President Buhari does not support corrupt practices in any form.”

How can a compound pay N24000 last month and suddenly be presented with N180, 000 this month and we do not know our fate in the billing next month. Let them reconsider the illegal electricity bills and hidden charges apparent on their bills to consumers" Madaki said.

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