Residents of Graceland Estate, Oba-Ile, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday stormed the office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, in Akure, the state capital over what they described as “crazy electricity bill’s” they have been receiving.

According to the residents who were armed with placards of various inscriptions, officials of BEDC had turned deaf ears to their complaints, hence their resolve to take the action.

Some of the placards read “We say no to crazy bills,” “We don’t want estimated Billings,” “BEDC, Give us Pre-Paid Meters,” “BEDC is Cheating Us,” “We Are Ready to Pay for What We Consume.”

With the gate of the BEDC locked, the workers as well as the Business Manager, Mr Andrew were prevented from entering the office complex.

It, however, took the intervention of soldiers to allow some of the members of staff to go about their duties.

Speaking on the situation, the Chairman of the estate, Mr. Popoola Martins, said they were yet to get prepaid metres which they paid for.

Popoola accused the BEDC of only being interested in collecting electricity bills, adding that the bills they usually receive was between N70,000 to N110,000 monthly per house.

Group lament IBEDC’s failure to meter customers’ houses

While describing the bill as outrageous, the Estate Chairman maintained that the transformer procured by the landlords was yet to be installed.

Reacting, Spokesman for the BEDC, Akure branch, Micheal Barnabas, explained that consumers without metres are billed based on the feeder and tariff band they are linked with.

He added that the protesters were not given pre-paid metres because they were on Band E, stressing that consumers on band A to C have been given metres.

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