Suit against EKEDC’s alleged arbitrary billings adjourned to October 7

Eko distributionJUSTICE Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court, Lagos has adjourned the suit challenging the arbitrary billings by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to 7th and 8th of October 2015.

EKEDC was sued by the people of Itire–Ikate and Ijesha communities in Lagos. The judge adjourned the suit following prayers to that effect by the defence counsel, Chief Roland Otaru SAN.

Otaru informed the court that he needed time to file their response to the originating processes served on them by the plaintiff. The applicants counsel did not oppose the prayers. As a result, the court adjourn the matter to enable the respondent respond. Others joined as respondents in the suit are the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

The applicants are also complaining of the inept and epileptic power supply rendered by EKEDC in the area, among others. In the suit, which is a class action, the plaintiffs represented by Olufemi Okuyemi, Mrs Junaid Fatimat, Abdulrasheed Jimba, Haruna Ogunyomi, Azeem Owe, Ajia Ifeoma and Segun Shonubi are seeking for an order of injunction restraining the first defendant from further negligence in computing the electricity bills of the plaintiffs.

They also want the court to halt the first defendant from disconnecting the plaintiffs from electric power supply within the period it would comply with the orders of the Honorable Court as stated in the plaintiffs’ relief. Besides, the plaintiffs wants the court to order the defendants to stop from rendering to them any service whatsoever, in breach of the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act.

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