Residents of Ogun state in Adeleye Aparadija Community in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area on Friday accused officials of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) of extortion. These electricity consumers accused IBEDC officials of collecting monthly bribes and even money to rehabilitate their network from them.
They said the officials collect a sum of N3, 000 monthly without giving them official receipts or monthly bills.
According to one of the residents of the community, Clement Akinwunmi, they all contributed close to N1m to buy electric poles, cables and transformer before connecting to the national grid.
“We have requested for electricity bills from IBEDC staff but they keep on collecting money from us without any receipt.
“We reported this extortion to their office in Ado-Odo but nothing has been done.
“If you do not give them the money, your light will be disconnected from the pole and you will be forced to pay for reconnection before you are back to power supply.
“It is mere extortion; we are not even asking for meters but they should give us monthly bills so that we will know that we are receiving receipt for the money.
“How can we defend the payment when another official comes to check if we are paying for the energy we are consuming?’’ he asked.
Mr Julius Adeboye, a landlord in the community, alleged that IBEDC was collecting over N600, 000 from 262 houses in the community also adding that the residents were not enjoying regular power supply despite the monthly N3, 000 payments to the company.
Mrs Sadia Olowoopejo, a landlady at Ola Oluwa Street, said that few houses that had prepaid meters were not paying up to the amount collected from those without meters. She questioned, whether the monthly payment of N3, 000 was actually getting to the appropriate quarters.
She urged the company install prepaid meters to all consumers in the community so that consumers would be able to know what they were consuming.
When contacted, Ms Angela Olanrewaju, Head, Corporate Communications of IBEDC, did not deny some of these allegations. She confirmed that the company was aware of the payment by the community.
She said the community was being charged these monthly stipends based on an estimate of what they were consuming monthly.
She then noted that monthly billing would soon begin in the area.