Abuja DISCO Demands Investigation into Alleged Assault on Workers

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THE Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, has written to Ibrahim Idris, inspector general of Police, requesting for full investigation into an alleged assault on its field workers by police officers in the Kubwa area of Abuja.

The DISCO also expressed concern over what it described as an increasing spate of attacks on its field workers, describing it as unwarranted, vicious, inhuman and criminal.

It said in a statement in Abuja that assaults on its staff by the police with guns and the public with dangerous weapons were not welcomed by it especially where there is redress mechanisms put in place by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, on issues related to poor service deliveries.

The Disco specifically disclosed that it had petitioned Idris against Ayobami Surajudeen, divisional police officer of Kubwa, who it allegedly acted unprofessionally in handling a case of assault and threat to the lives of three of its staff.

According to it, the staff were intimidated, assaulted and manhandled by two mobile policemen attached to a private firm, Pet Leisure Park, Kubwa, whilst on duty.

It equally catalogued series of attacks on its workers by some members of the public, saying one of its staff on a revenue recovery exercise in Gwagwalada area of Abuja, was viciously attacked and hit at the back of his head with a shovel by residents of the area. It explained that as a result of this, a deep cut was inflicted on the staff.

The DISCO noted that another incident involving a pregnant staff cashier was also recorded in Kubwa when a mobile policeman attacked her to disrupt the revenue drive she was engaged in. The attack, it said also prevented her from disconnecting a debtor customer as the mobile policemen fired live bullet rounds to scare her team away.

—  Apr 10, 2017 @ 01:00 GMT

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