Gowon Estate residents recently disrupted the operations at the Ikeja Electric Plc, Akowonjo Business Unit over blackout allegedly occasioned by the indebtedness of a military quarters.
The protesters, who prevented movement in and out of the premises, chanted solidarity songs and hoisted various placards to protest a three-week blackout in the area.
Some of the inscriptions in the placards read: “IKEDC, restore our light immediately’; “We can’t continue to suffer for the sins of others”; “Stop punishing us because some people are owing, this is injustice and wickedness”; “ Restore our light to our feeder” and “ We cannot suffer because of others’ indebtedness”.
Ogunbor, who led the protest, said, “This protest is all about Ikeja Electric punishing the whole estate because a military man living in the estate is owing them bills. We say no to this. If people are owing you, there should be a better way to collect your money and not by punishing us for other people’s sin.
According to him, “For about three weeks now, there has been no light whereas areas around the estate have normal supply. We are being punished wrongly.
“Let IKEDC restore our light with immediate effect and find ways of getting their money. They can’t do that to the military quarter if civilians were the ones owing. It is not right”.
Ogunbor also said the residents had contacted the management of the Ikeja Electric and were told that power would not be supplied to the area until the military quarters paid.
He said that the community had suffered a lot with the development, adding that many residents spent huge money on fuel.
Another youth, Frank Eke said: “We are being punished for no just cause. How would the military be owing and the Ikeja Electric would disconnect us because we use the same feeder. It is unjust. We want our supply restored, I spend about N3, 000 everyday on fuel for three weeks now. Spending money on fuel after we have recharged our prepaid meters is bad in this recession”, he said.
An elder in the community, Mr Jossy Amodu said that any issue with the military quarters should not be passed on oher residents.
He, however, pleaded with IKEDC to settle its issues with those indebted to it and stop punishing residents ading that, Ikeja Electric should separate the military quarter from the feeder that supplies the entire estate.
A trader, Mrs Ronke Fausa said that the development had made her to lose huge amount of money on frozen foods that got spoilt and caused so much discomfort for her children.
“My children are now suffering from rashes due to heat. IKEDC has spoilt business for me because some people owe them,” she said. The aggrieved protesters had insisted that they would not leave the premises until power was restored to them before they were persuaded by their leaders.