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CHRICED makes case for Nasarawa residents over ‘outrageous electricity bill’

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Maureen Okpe

The Center for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has issued a complaint letter address to relevant electricity authorities in Nasarawa state and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory to reverse with immediate effect the outrageous electricity bills issued to residents of jiwapye phase 2 community.

Jiwapye community, a community along City College Mararaba axis of Nasarawa state.

The customers which is said to operate with pre-paid meters is said to be saddled with migrated bills running in hundreds of thousands of naira.

This according to the Civic group is unjust and a gross violation of their fundamental human rights.

In a statement signed by the Media Associate and programmes lead, Mr Armsfree Ajanaku stated that the company has insisted on saddling the customers with irrational bills which were deliberately migrated to their prepaid meters.

“This situation has really traumatized them and their families as every attempts made to recharge their prepaid meter ends up in more pain as the electricity company immediately debits their account.

“Forcing them to pay a debt which was never incurred in the first place.”

“The residents include; Mr. Armsfree Onome Ajanaku, with migrated bill of N956,658.34. Mr Agodi Francis Uchechukwu also with a migrated bill of N848,264.77 and Mr Andrew Ugba Ifechukwude with 86,715.35.

“These meters are used in residential areas and not for commercial purposes how then can so much bill be accumulated over a short period as the longest any of the persons have lived in these houses is five years? He queried.

The group is therefore issuing the notice as a readiness to seeking redress using other legal action should a reversal on these bills be refused. Adding that an escalation to Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the law court forum and even the public opinion if no meaningful steps are taken to correct the anomaly.

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