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Lagos power station shut over staff assault

01 July 2014, 16:11

Lagos - The management of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) has shut one of its power stations in the Oshodi area of Lagos following alleged incessant attacks on its officials.

It blamed members of the public for the attacks on staff performing their legitimate duties.

In light of this, IKEDC management said it had taken a "painful" but "inevitable" decision to temporarily shut down the Mafoluku Injection substation to protect the lives of staff and safeguard the ultra-modern equipment in the station from vandalism by some residents of Mafoluku who besieged the station under the guise of protest.

The management said that in a bid to forge robust partnership and address specific needs, it held a series of meetings with the communities within its network.

The company said it had also carried out construction of two additional feeders to relieve overloaded ones in the community as well as maintained overhead lines through removal of undersized conductors as well as replacement of bad high and low tension poles.

The company said it strongly condemned the assaults on its staff and malicious damage to its equipments saying that such acts run contrary to law and relevant security agencies have been called in to ensure prosecution of defaulters.

The management appealed for the understanding of well meaning customers in the area, as the station would remain shut until the community could guarantee the lives of staff and the multi-million Naira investments that had been made to drive improved power supply.

- CAJ News

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