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Activist Petitions Nigeria Electricity Distribution Company Over Dismissal, Maltreatment of Staff



A human rights activist, Kingsley Otoghile (Esq) has petitioned the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, over alleged maltreatment and dismissal of one of its staff, Mr. Samuel Ojumu who was allegedly beaten to the point of death about five months while doing the company’s biding.


The petition which was made available to newsmen, is demanding among others, from BEDC, the payment of N10 million as cost of medical bills for suspected brain damaged and ongoing treatments of the victim.


This is just as two of the staff of BEDC who were allegedly involved in the attack of the victim have been arraigned before the Ughelli Magistrate Court on three count charges.


It could be recalled that Mr. Ojumu sustained life threatening injuries while he was on official duties at Okiki street, Uloho Avenue in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State and was rushed to a private hospital for medical attention before the company took him to Benin, Edo state for proper medical care.


Narrating his ordeal to newsmen at Ughelli, Delta State, Ojumu said, on June 13, 2020 I received a call from a customer in the area that some unknown persons are disconnecting light and as the Reut Marshall in charge of the area, I boarded a bike to the place.


“When I got there, I saw one of the driver Mr. Paul Uvujohwowia to the Business Manager and one other person who was not a staff, when I confronted them, they said, they were task force set up by the Business Manager to monitor whatever thing that is happening in the field. 


“I told them that I am the Reut Marshal and if there are task force, I should be on the known, I brought my phone to snap them and in that process, I was attacked with broken bottles and other dangerous weapons, injured me and I was rushed to a private hospital for medical attention.



The management of the company waded into the issue and after their investigations, through Patrick Ukpede Adah, I was exonerated that I was on official duties at my route.


“But it is surprising that on August 14, 2020, I was relieved of my job citing unethical conduct in my place of secondary duty, that all accrued payments would be credited at the end of the month.


“I was paid N10,000 as accrued payment after working with the company for 3 years.


“It was at this point that the Legal Aid Council, Effurun having seen the way I was treated by BEDC, decided to take up the matter and help me. I want to also use this medium to call on the Federal government and the Delta State government to come to my aid.”


However, Two persons, Paul Uvujohwowia and Joseph Ogbaridmudo have been charged before Ughelli Magistrate court on a three count charges.


The charge no MU/183/C/2020 are Conspiracy to commit felony, Assault Occ. Harm, beating him up with rod and bottles. The case was adjourned to 14 October, 2020 after they were granted bail by the magistrate.


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