By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A former Public Relations Officer (PRO) National Association of Social Work Students (NASoWS) University of Jos chapter, Mr. Henry Chike Okonkwo has dragged the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) to court over exorbitant estimated bills.
Okonkwo, sued the electricity company for the consumption of electricity via an electronic meter that he claimed to be functioning, but that the defendant failed to pick the readings of the meter before he was billed.
It was gathered that before heading for Court, Mr. Okonkwo had reportedly sought for dialogue with a feeder manager in charge of his district on the issue.
However, all efforts to resolve the matter proved abortive as the plaintiff had requested that he would need a prepaid meter as an alternative, but was told by the feeder manager that the prepaid meter was not available.
Our correspondent gathered that the Feeder manager reportedly compelled Okonkwo to pay the bills immediately or be disconnected which resulted in the former NASoW PRO heading for court
A letter was written and served to the company on 10th May, 2019 to that effect, but the JEDC ignoring the letter by Okonkwo’s letter and went ahead with their threat of disconnection and that a reminder letter was written and served to the company on the 28th May, 2019 but the company also failed to respond before the matter was instituted in the Court.
A writ of summon was served on the company to that effect, even though the defendant failed to show up in Court, after which, the defendant then entered suit under a conditional appearance before filing a counter affidavit in response to the motion on notice, with their statement of defense.
A further affidavit was then brought forward by the plaintiff and the motion on notice for the reconnection of light on 27th January, 2020 and was moved by the plaintiff’s counsel on the 29th day of June, 2020.