The Kano Elecricity Distribution Company, KEDCO, has accused the Chief Judge of Jigawa State, Aminu Ringim, of alleged attack on its staff over disconnection of electricity at the state’s High Court and his residence.
The spokesman of the company, Muhammad Kandi, in a statement said the Jigawa South Regional Office of KEDCO had commenced the disconnection exercise of all government accounts on Tuesday, following reports of non-payment of accumulated electricity bills by government agencies in the state, including the state High Court.
According to the statement, the chief judge also detained the KEDCO’s officials and threatened to victimise more staff of the company if power supply is not restored at both locations before Monday.
“One of our drivers, Alhaji Ibrahim Garba was violently abducted by some armed security operatives who appeared in the vicinity of our Jigawa south regional office in mufti. They were said to have done that on the orders of the Chief Registrar in the office of the state Chief Judge, Musa Ubale.
“The unsuspecting KEDCO personnel who was on his way out of the office premises, was hunted down, slapped, assaulted and handcuffed like a common criminal in the full glare of bewildered onlookers and other staff.
“While the regional office was under siege days after the disconnection operation was carried out, the staff had been trailed by the security operatives to Ringim, Birnin-Kudu and Kano where they conduct their daily operations.
“The Chief Registrar, was said to have ordered his security details to arrest and detain any identified KEDCO official. So they laid ambush on the driver who had closed from work,” the statement alleged.
“The company like other DISCOs has a mandate to disconnect customers who have arrears of outstanding payment after they have been duly notified.
“KEDCO will not be intimidated by any individual or organisation in carrying out its lawful duties. Non-payment of electricity bill makes it impossible for our company to meet several obligations including settling the MO bills, salary payment and other operational costs.
“When customers pay their bills promptly, the company will be able to serve them better,” the statement added.
KEDCO, in the statement, however, called on all the relevant government authorities to intervene in the matter, saying “this intimidation is totally unacceptable be stopped.”