Angry protesters on Thursday carried out a mock stoning of an effigy of the Speaker of the House, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto which was hung at the gate of the Assembly complex at the King square in Benin City. The protesters who adorned themselves in weird attire, were at the Assembly complex to protest against the
Angry protesters on Thursday carried out a mock stoning of an effigy of the Speaker of the House, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto which was hung at the gate of the Assembly complex at the King square in Benin City.
The protesters who adorned themselves in weird attire, were at the Assembly complex to protest against the bill criminalising electricity theft.
The protesters drew their daggers as the Parliament for declining to address all their agitations to compel the Benin Electricity distribution Company, BEDC to halt alleged arbitrary charges as well as improve on Electricity supply across the four franchise States.
But, the protesters who sang dirges, claimed that they were “stoning the devil”.
Recall that BEDC franchise States are Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti States.
Members of the Civil societies, also call for immediate repeal of the bill which is awaiting Edo State governor’s assent.
The bill prescribed two years imprisonment for any offender when it is assented to by the State governor.
Our Correspondent reports that the King square and adjourning routes were convulsed in a traffic snarl for several hours during the peaceful rally.
The leader of Edo Civil Society Orgqnizations, Comrade Agho Omobude, had accused the members who sponsored the bill including the majority leader of the House of Assembly for fishing in troubled water, Mr. Rowland Asoro, Orhionmwon South Constituency and his colleague from Oredo West Constituency, Christopher Okaeben.
He hinted that the duo may have been compromised by the Management of BEDC.
According Omobude, Electricity consumption belongs to the exclusive list of the Federal Government and wondered whose interests the Legislators are protecting.
“They gave the Edo State House of Assembly a one week ultimatum to rescind what they described obnoxious law”.
At Government House, GRA, the Chief of staff, Mr Taiye Akerele assured the protesters of intervention to resolve the imbroglio.
Others who spoke at the event including a prominent Benin based Human Right Activist, President Aigbokhan and Comrade Oni Edigin, said the protests will continue until their demands are met.