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Electrician taken hostage for disconnecting pre-paid metres

Crisis was averted at Abeokuta Street, Ebuta Meta area of Lagos State, when policemen from Denton Division rescued an electrician held hostage by residents of one of the buildings on the street, for allegedly tampering with their pre-paid metres.

The residents said a company’s Facility Manager (names withheld), who oversees some blocks of flats in the estate, hired the road side electrician to disconnect their houses without informing them or getting authorisation from Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC.

One of the residents, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, said: “The facility manager instructed an electrician to illegally disconnect our light without informing occupants of the building or EKEDC, which duty it is to provide metre and electricity to the estate.

“The said company only built two blocks of flats. It was retained by landlords to provide services to residents, with occupants of flats entering into agreement with it to provide services, which include swimming pool, power generator and security services.

“But to our surprise, the facility manager sent an electrician to disconnect us when we are not owing her, as we are using prepaid meters.”

Vanguard gathered that with the intervention of the police, power was later restored.

The electrician admitted to have disconnected the light, but said it was on the instruction of the Facility Manager.



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