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Court orders IBEDC to restore electricity to Ijesa land

An Ilesa High Court in Osun again ordered the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to restore electricity supply in Ijesaland, Osun State.

Justice A. L. Adegoke, who gave the order on Monday, said that partial compliance with the order of the court would not be tolerated.

It was reported that on March 18, the court ordered the IBEDC, to restore public electricity supply in Ijesaland.

This followed an ex-parte application filed by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ilesa branch against the distribution company for allegedly shutting down public electricity supply in Ijesaland.

The court, presided over by Justice Adegoke also granted the prayer of the association to serve the court processes on IBEDC in Ibadan.

Speaking to newsmen after the court’s ruling, the Plaintiff Counsel, Mr. Olayinka Sokoya, who spoke on behalf of Mr. Kanmi Ajibola, said that the court has extended the validity of order until April 16.

“There cannot be contempt of court and be asking for any favour from court, but they should strictly adhere to court order so as to maintain peaceful coexistence in Ilesa and its environs.

“Hopefully any moment from now, electricity supply would be restored to Ilesa and Ijesa land communities which will ameliorate the hardship of the indigenes” he stated.

Also, Mr. Adegbite Adeniyi, the IBEDC Counsel, told newsmen that IBEDC has partially complied with court order by restoring light to four local governments out of Six local government in Ijesa land.

Adeniyi said that the four local governments where electricity was restored are Oriade, Obokun, Atakumosa East and West.

He said that part of the equipment damaged cannot be easily bought in Nigeria.

Adeniyi said Atakumosa West still faced power outage because IBEDC was forced to comply with court order and the restoration has affected their appliances.

It was reported that irate youths protested on March 18, while the IBEDC office got burnt against the disconnection of light in Ijesa land.

Credit: Independent

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