Court Orders IBEDC To Pay N2m To Customer, Provide Prepaid Meter, Other Services 

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Barr. SHarafadeen Abiodun

 

Justice Ezekiel Oyeyemi Ajayi of an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan  has ordered the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company PLC, (IBEDC), to pay N2million  general damages  to Mr. Ekun Lateef Ayinde over violation of guiding rules of electricity estimated billing, issued on him through  arbitrary estimated billings.

An order is also granted directing the defendant to provide claimant’s apartment with a pre-paid meter upon the reconnection of the claimant’ s apartment.“

The judge in his 17 page judgment held that  IBDEC wrongly issued an estimated billing on the claimant for the month of September, 2018 in the sum of N11,981.85, when the claimant apartment for the entire month remained disconnected and therefore ought not to have been billed any amount whatsoever.

Justice Ajayi  in the judgment maintained  ” a declaration is granted that the defendant negligently issued an estimated billing on the claimants for the month of December, 2016 stating a wrong account number and thereby causing the claimant to pay the sum of N7,000.00 (seven thousand makes)  into a wrong account and the defendant has refused to refund the said sum.
“A declaration is granted that the defendant wrongfully and arbitrarily disconnected the electric power connection of the claimant’s apartment and carted away the connecting cables without any justifiable cause.”, the judge  said
Justice Ajayi added,  “An order is granted directing the defendant to pay the sum of N7,000(seven thousand  Naira) to claimant into Account no. 11/20/33/1483-01 wrongfully supplied as the claimant’s account number by the defendant.”  “An order is granted directing the defendant to restore the claimant’s apartment with electric power by reconnect the carted-away cables. Justice Ajayi however  refused to grant the claimant cost in respect of filling the litigation and others.

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