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Ikeja, Eko DisCos sued over estimated billing

The Ikeja Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company have been sued for failing to implement the order capping estimated billing of their customers.

• July 20, 2021

The Ikeja Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company have been sued for failing to implement the order capping estimated billing of their customers.

The All Electricity Consumers Protection Forum (AECPF) filed the suit dated July 12, before a high court in Ikeja.

The originating summons filed by the group’s lawyer, Olalekan Matti, is supported by a 25-paragraph affidavit deposed to by its National Secretary, Kehinde Akinloye-Jones.

The claimant alleged that the defendants had failed to comply with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Order on capping of unmetered “residential 2 and commercial 1” electricity customers.

The group claimed both DisCos failed to comply with the capping Order NO/NERC/197/2020 for 10 months from February 2020 to November 2020 to the consumers affected by the capping order.

The claimant asked the court to determine whether it was within the power of DisCos to disobey the directives of NERC pursuant to section 63(1) of the Electric Power Section reform Act 2005.

They, therefore, asked the court for a declaration that the act of the first and second defendants’ violation of the capping method was unlawful.

The group also asked the court for an order directing the defendants to refund the consumers affected by unlawful billing for 10 months under a repealed estimation billing instead of capping.

The claimant further asked the court to direct the defendants to pay N500,000 for the cost of the suit.

The suit has not been assigned to any judge, and no date fixed for hearing.

(NAN)

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