Residents of a Lagos community, Green field Estate Community Development Association (CDA),located along Ago Palace Way ,Okota ,Lagos have called on the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the leadership of the estate as well as the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company(IKEDC) over the non-supply of pre-paid meters which they had paid for a long time ago.
The residents alleged, that sometime in the month of August ,one Paul Okeke, the IKEDC service manager for Ago Service Unit in conjunction with the leadership of the estate approached the residents and told them, that instead of waiting for eternity for free pre-paid meters ,they should pay and get them instantly.
According to the residents, they were asked to pay N35, 000 for double phase pre-paid and N25, 000 for the single phase meters. Out of desperation to exit from estimated billing system, they all agreed to pay.
To complete the total amount, the estate task force was mobilized to go round the estate to ensure prompt payment from all the residents.
It was also gathered that they contributed about N20 million which the leadership of the estate told them was paid into the IKEDC UBA account.
Many months after the alleged payment, the residents stated that they are yet to be supplied with the pre-paid meters.
A resident of the estate, Ukachukwu Chibuike alleged that they became suspicious of a shady deal when a different unit of IKEDC came to the estate to count meters but were chased away by the Ago Service manager in conjunction with the estate security.
“I clearly heard the Ago service manager, saying that the other unit of IKEDC had come to spoil business .That simply showed that some people have connived to defraud the residents of the estate .using pre paid meter as a bait. So,I am appealing to the EFCC to look into this case .Why should we pay almost N20 million for pre paid meters which we have been told severally by the Minister of Power that is free but yet it has not been supplied to us”, Chibuike said.
Another resident, Vitalis Agom said, that if the issue was not addressed promptly, they would mobilise for a protest at the headquarters of IKEDC.
He also appealed to the anti graft agency to beam its searchlight on the activities of the leadership of the estate for their alleged penchant for exploitation and corruption.
When Mr. Okeke, the Ago unit service manager was contacted on phone, he denied the allegations, saying that, there was nothing like that.
“No, there is nothing like that. Do you mean they came to pay us or what? Who did they pay to? Let them go and meet the person they paid to. Let them bring the receipt to verify the money they paid. Did they pay to Ikeja Electric or what”, Okeke stated.
Efforts made to reach the Head of IKEDC customer care services, Mr. Adebola proved abortive as calls made across were not answered.