By MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
In Lagos, electricity consumers have sued the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) together with Eko Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), claiming 50 million Naira damages for non-supply of Pre-paid metre and other extortion meted out to them.
The claimants who filed the suit on behalf of themselves and the landlords and residents of Ala Oro, Mosafejo Amukoko, Abule Kere communities are: Raji Yusufu, Olarunji, Omololu Sulaiman, Muritala Aloba, Tawakalitu Onisemo, Mogaji Suabu, Oyelade Kolawole and Elder Solomon Okunola.
The placard-carrying plaintiffs trooped in their multitude to the Federal High Court, Lagos where they instituted the matter, alleging that the defendants are extorting money from them.
In the suit No. FHC/L/CS/1192/17 they said that the failure of EEDC to provide pre-paid meters to them and the communities as well as the estimated billing meted out to them by EEDC have become unbearable.
The claimants told the court that the EEDC also makes them to pay reconnection fee whenever the source of power supply to them is disconnected.
They, therefore, prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the second defendant from asking them to pay electric bills without pre-paid meter.
In addition, the plaintiffs sought relief by urging the court to order NERC to withdraw the licence of Eko Electricity Distribution Company Limited.