General Bitrus Kwaji (rtd.), holding a pistol to scare EKEDC staff after his residence was disconnected arising from non-payment electricity bill.
A retired Army General, who allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot some staff of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) who disconnected his Ikoyi residence for non-payment of bill is to be prosecuted for assault and attempted murder. The company’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia disclosed the ugly incident to newsmen in Lagos.
According to the GM, Corporate Communications of EDEDC, the incidence occurred on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 attracted massive attention to the neighbourhood when the retired General apparently shot his gun to scare the electricity distribution workers in the course of their constitutional duties.
Idemudia gave the name of the General as Bitrus Kwaji, a former Chairman of Military Pensions Board.
Narrating the incident, Idemudia made it known that when the company’s disconnection crew got to the General’s house at 19A, Lugard street, Ikoyi, they demanded for proof of payment from the guards at the gate and since this could not be produced the guards were served with disconnection order before supply to the house was subsequently disconnected.
He added that the disconnection crew was still within the neighbourhood when the General drove down in a Toyota Avalon car, double-crossed the crew van and brought out a pistol which he quickly loaded with bullets and shot into the air.
Idemudia submitted that “The crew members were thus forced to reconnect the General’s house since he was threatening that he would shoot at the leader of the team if his house was not reconnected immediately. The General’s action is most unfortunate especially coming from someone that was supposed to be a highly respected citizen.”
The Eko Disco spokesman said the company would not fold its arms and watch some people abuse their position and privilege to harass its officials while performing their lawful duties, “Our company is duly licensed to perform the duty of supplying electricity and collecting revenue for services rendered and no one, no matter how highly placed, has the right to prevent us from performing our lawful duties.”
He revealed that the legal department is already working on the issue unknown to the General, “We have everything on video and we will pursue this to its logical conclusion.”