A disconnection and revenue collection team of Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO were yesterday beaten by some aggrieved residents of Sharada Malam in Kano metropolis.
This was made known by KEDCO spokesman, Mohammed Kandi, after stating that two of their staff, Ali Mohammed and Abdulkadir Waziri, sustained injuries from the beating while carrying out their lawful duties.
“My team was assaulted by some overzealous customers, who declined to settle their accumulated electricity bills and also resisted disconnection of power supply to their residences,” Kandi quoted the Sharada Customer Service Point Supervisor, Mohammed Isah.
Isah, who led the operation to the area, stated that the female staff in the team were also molested, booed and threatened not to return to the area or face stiffer harassment.
“We deliver about 20 hours of electricity to Sharada community, but we get strong resistance from the residents each time we carry out the operation to retrieve the accumulated debts from this area,” he explained.
He further stated that those customers have no respect for women because they attempted to strip the female staff, but for the intervention of some good Samaritans who rescued them.
The KEDCO’s spokesman said the perpetrators will not go unpunished.
His words: “We will not be intimidated by any individual, group or organisation, just as we wouldn’t be discouraged from carrying out our duties because some customers have resorted to bullying.”