Activities were paralyzed for several hours in Sapele LGA, Delta State, as Catholic priests led a group of protesting mob.
Protesters stormed the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over poor power supply and outrageous billings.
The protesters numbered over 5,000.
The protesters marched around major roads in the town before rounding up at BEDC’s office ATP.
They promised to return in a week if their complaints were not attended to.
The Priest of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Sapele, Rev. Fr Christopher Ekibo, led the protesters.
Reverend father Ekibo brought his light bills saying that the BEDC officials had for a long time defrauded residents.
He said Sapele has lived with the reality of three hours electricity supply in a day and sometimes no power supply at all.
He said the poor power supply was the reason why companies were leaving Sapele for other locales.
He cited Eternit Nigeria Limited that recently moved to Enugu State.
He also said SMEs were going through pains to sustain their business and demanded improvement in power supply.
Others who spoke on behalf of the protesters were Cyprian Anyanwu who demanded the immediate supply of prepaid meters and Mike Egbune who said they would continue to advocate and fight for the people’s right.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Felix Anirah, said Sapele residents were tired of incessant power failure.
According to Anirah, “You can see they are angry, only God knows what will happen if they return.”
The head of BEDC corporate affairs, Mr. Adekunle Tayo, Head, responded that the low supply was a national problem.
He explained that BEDC’s allocation has been just 9% of whatever was generated nationally.
He said from there, they share among its four coverage states of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states.