BY Dayo Johnson
AKURE— Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, yesterday raised an alarm over incessant attacks on its offices a nd staff by miscreants in Ondo State protesting unsteady power supply to parts of the state.
Suspected miscreants said to be disguising as youths in Akure metropolis have attacked offices of the company and manhandled its staff in recent times.
Already about 20 of such youths have been arraigned before an Akure Chief Magistrate court which ordered them to be remanded in prison custody for allegedly disturbing the peace of the state.
Speaking on the development, the Akure Business District of the Company in a statement by its Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Ademola Adegoke, described the actions of the protesters as worrisome.
According to the statement, “While the company respect the right of people to show their grievances over perceived poor power supply in their areas, the manner in which such protests are carried out needs to be given serious consideration.
“The exercise of one’s right to show ones grievances terminates at the point where it obstruct and disturbed the peace of others.”
The Public Affairs Manager then advised any community with power supply challenges to refrain from vandalizing PHCN equipment or attacking its staff but do things in civilized way.
Mr. Adegoke said PHCN would do its best to ensure quick replacement of any failed equipment in its network.