Man stabs Ikeja Electric’s Technician over Disconnection
An angry man reportedly stabbed an Ikeja Electric’s technician, over a disconnection at his residence at No. 13 Adesanya Street, in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos State.
It was gathered that Oluwaseyi Amao, the technician who works with Ikeja Electric alongside his colleague Yusuf Tunde, acted on a disconnection order by the management of Ikeja Electric, an electricity distribution company, which had marked some flats in the building for disconnection over unpaid bills when they were attacked.
Prior to the disconnection, residents of the area were given one month grace to pay their outstanding bills. However, even with this, the 22-year-old man identified as Oluwadamilare Temenu whose apartment owed N300,000 went on to stab the Ikeja Electric’s technician.
Speaking to Punch’s correspondent, the 42-year-old technician said;
“We were given a disconnection order to execute at No. 13 Adesanya Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi, last Thursday. The building has four flats; one flat has a prepaid meter, while the remaining three are on estimated billing; but we were given a disconnection order on the two flats with over N200,000 and N100,000 debts, respectively.
“Before that day, I had visited the house for disconnection last month and one of the residents, the one using prepaid meter, had pledged to speak with the others to pay their debts, because it was only one wire that supplies power to the four flats. If we cut off the wire, the whole flats will be affected, including the one with prepaid meter, but they still refused to pay.
“So, on the day I was instructed to execute the disconnection order, I explained to the residents, including the guy who stabbed me, that I was there the previous month and that since they had refused to clear their outstanding bills, I had been instructed to disconnect power supply to their apartment. He never argued with me, but I was surprised that he said I was looking for trouble when he saw me climbing the pole.
“All of a sudden, he went inside his flat, brought out a crate of bottles and broke two bottles. I quickly jumped down and he chased after me and stabbed me. He first stabbed me in the neck and head; to avoid more harm, I held him tightly and told my colleague, Tunde, to inform our other colleagues to bring a vehicle so that we could take him to the police station.”
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti who confirmed the incident said that the case was being investigated, adding that the suspect would be charged to court soon.
“Some IE officials went to that location to disconnect those that owed them and in the process, a young man attacked them and injured one of them. The case is being investigated by the Makinde Police Station and the suspect will be charged to court soon,” Oti stated.