Soldiers beat up Kaduna Electric staff and customers over disconnection of Kebbi Barracks (video)

Soldiers beat up Kaduna Electric staff and customers over disconnection of Kebbi Barracks (video)

Kaduna Electric Distribution Company has condemned unwarranted assault on its staff and customers by soldiers in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State. 

 

 

It was gathered that the soldiers invaded the head office of the company on Saturday, April 29, 2023, over alleged disconnection of electricity at Dukku Barracks in Birnin Kebbi and beat up staff on duty. 

 

Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Head, Corporate Communication, Kaduna Electric, who condemned the incident in a statement on Sunday, said the military never lodged any complaint regarding its services or any perceived grievances it might have had with the company before attacking its staff.

 

“We condemn in strong terms the molestation of our staff by men of the Nigerian Army in Birnin Kebbi. The armed soldiers invaded our premises Saturday afternoon and unleashed mayhem on unsuspecting staff and customers alike. The hapless victims were beaten and subjected to humiliating treatment by the marauding soldiers for no reason whatsoever,” the statement read. 

 

“Such brazen act of impunity has no place in the civilised society we live in. Their action is all the more nauseating considering the fact that the military men have never lodged any complaint regarding our services or over any perceived grievance they may have had. In fact, several attempts by our Management team in Kebbi State requesting meetings where issues of interest were to be discussed were rebuffed.

 

“We wish to make clear that Kaduna Electric cannot guarantee its services in an unsafe environment. The safety and well being of our staff is a priority. We do not tolerate such intimidation and molestation of our staff and shall act appropriately within the law to seek redress.”

 

Meanwhile, a source at the barracks who spoke to Daily Trust, said: “Considering the precarious security situation in the country, particularly in the northern part, KAEDCO should have been a little bit more cautious disconnecting a whole army formation,” 

 

“Leaving an army formation like Dukku Barracks , where enormous weapons are kept and stockpiled in darkness is extremely dangerous and risky,” the source added. 

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