Operatives of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in connivance with males of Port Harcourt Electrical energy Distribution Firm on Saturday allegedly beat up and inflicted accidents on a employees of the Nigerian Tv Authority(NTA) Uyo, Mr. Imo Etimudo, for allegedly refusing to supply them bribe.
The sufferer, it was gathered was manhandled by the NSCDC officers on the orders of a employees of PHEDC, Mr. Joseph Umoh, who led the a staff to the property the place he lives to disconnect customers who haven’t paid their electrical energy payments.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists, Etimudo mentioned, ”the PHEDC folks got here to the place I reside at Anniversary Property alongside Idoro highway in Uyo. We’ve got not had gentle (electrical energy) within the property for over a 12 months till yesterday (Saturday).
”They got here and knocked on the gate and I opened for them. They demanded for my electrical energy invoice and I advised them I don’t have it as a result of now we have not had gentle for over a 12 months and that that could be why they don’t give us payments.
”They mentioned okay that I ought to give them cash and I requested them what the cash they demanded was for. They mentioned their ‘oga’ (boss) mentioned I ought to discover them one thing so I went out to see their ‘oga’.
”As I quickly I went to see their boss they dropped my wires. At that time I demanded to know why the wires have been dropped as a result of now we have loved electrical energy provide from PHEDC for a really very long time.
”They mentioned they’re disconnecting me and going with my wires as a result of I refused to present them cash. I insisted they’ll’t go along with their wires after disconnecting me. I attempted to cease them from taking the wires away.
”I wasn’t the one particular person. There’s a serving Military Main-Basic who’s my neighbour. He’s in Maiduguri however his household lives right here. The person has a pay as you go meter inside his home however they nonetheless introduced down his wires.
”The department supervisor of Keystone Financial institution lives right here too. He has a pay as you go meter additionally. They met him in particular person and demanded cash from him. The person refused to present them cash and so they introduced down his gentle.
”I attempted reaching the NUJ chairman to intervene however he mentioned he was indisposed so I made a decision to drive out in my automotive to hunt assist.
”On my manner out, near my house, I used to be blocked by NSCDC and the PHEDC officers who attacked and beat me up and inflicted severe accidents on my head and again”.
When contacted, NSCDC Public Relations Officer, DSC. Ukeme Umana mentioned he was but to be briefed on the incident and promised to react as quickly as he will get the complete particulars.
“I’ve not been briefed on the difficulty. I’ll get again to you as quickly as I get the complete info Please,” the PRO merely mentioned.