EEDC Officials Bag Jail Term Over Crazy Bills, Disconnection

A marketing manager and manager of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, (names withheld ), are now languishing in prison custody after an Anambra State High Court sent them to jail in Onitsha district for three months Over Crazy Bills, disconnection of their power supply.

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The two EEDC officers were dragged to court by the leaders of the Iweka Electronic Amalgamated Traders Association, Onitsha for disconnecting their electricity supply after the company had given N2m estimated bill to the traders.
The traders rejected the bill and sued the defendants/respondents over the defendants attempt to force the traders to pay disputed electricity bills.

After oral submissions of both counsel on 23 May 2016, the court made an interim order of injunction wherein parties were asked to maintain status quo. It was gathered that despite the pending interim order, the EEDC officials went and disconnected the traders’ lines.

Delivering judgement against the EEDC managers, Justice Ike Obu described the EEDC managers act as crass of impunity. He convicted the duo to three months in prison without the option of fine for their actions.

The Judge said the defendant should have obeyed the court order pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
The judge said, “You are hereby committed to prison for three months until you purged yourselves of the contempt.”
The development erupted jubilation at the Iweka Electronic market as the traders went to streets singing and dancing.

The Chairman of the market, Mr. Ndubuisi Egotanwa, in his reaction commended the court for giving the ruling.
Egotanwa said the EEDC workers had wielded so much powers in the area and “thought that no person, group of persons or even the court cannot stop them from their illegal disconnection and crazy bills.”

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