Residents of Sharadan quarters in Kano metropolis recently attacked a disconnection and revenue collection team of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).
The spokesman of the company, Malam Muhammad Kandi, in a statement, said the affected staff sustained various degrees of injuries from the assault and were rushed to hospital for treatment.
Narrating the incident, Malam Kandi said the residents of the area attacked the staff, identified as Ali Muhammad and Abdulkadir Waziri, and some female personnel who were on operation to collect revenues and disconnect the electricity of customers that declined to settle their bills.
He also said they received the sad news from the Sharada Customer Service Point supervisor, Muhammad Isah.
He said the supervisor narrated that on that fateful day, his team was assaulted by some overzealous customers who declined to settle their accumulated electricity bills and also resisted disconnection of power supply to their residences.
He added that Isah, who led the operation to the area, stated that the female staff in the team were also molested, booed and threatened not to return to the area or face stiffer harassment.
He also alleged that the female staff were almost stripped naked by the irate residents of the area, adding that they were rescued by some good Samaritan.
He lamented that the incident occurred despite the fact that the power distribution company supplied electricity of about 20 hours to the area, but they refused to settle their bills and even went on to attack the staff on operation.
The company’s spokesman said: “The perpetrators of such heinous act will not go unpunished. We will not be intimidated by any individual, group or organisation just as we wouldn’t be discouraged to carry out lawful duties simply because some customers have resorted to cheap bullying of our staff.
“We have already reported the case to the appropriate law enforcement agency for necessary action. Justice is that we seek in this matter and by the grace of Allah’s justice, we will get in the end,” he said.
He advised the staff not to relent in their effort to discharging their duties in accordance with the organisational policy, processes and procedures.
By Al-Mustapha Ado