Electricity company disconnects former President Shagari’s home over N6m debt

Electricity company disconnects former President Shagari’s home over N6m debt

- In an unusual move, Kaduna Electric Distribution Company disconnected electricity from the home of a former president, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari

- The company said Shagari's house's bill which has not been paid since his death in 2018 is over N6 million

- An unnamed surety has, however, come to the rescue as the light was later reconnected the same day after a commitment to settle the bill

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The Kaduna Electric Distribution Company on Wednesday, January 20, disconnected electricity supply to the home of Nigeria's former president, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, over unpaid bills estimated to be over N6 million.

The Punch reports that the light was, however, later reconnected same day after an unnamed person promised to settle the bill.

An official of the electricity distribution company who spoke under the condition of anonymity said the light was reconnected after the surety made a strong commitment to settle the bill.

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Kaduna electricity company disconnects former President Shagari’s home over N6m debt
Former President of Nigeria Shehu Shagari (1925-2018) speaks at a press conference during a visit to London on 20th March 1981. Photo credit: Rolls Press/Popperfoto
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Legit.ng gathers that KAEDCO spokesman, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, confirmed the disconnection of the late former president's home in Sokoto.

He said the bill has not been paid since the former president died in 2018.

Abdullahi said:

“The company has given enough grace for them to settle the bills before the disconnection.”

An unnamed family source disclosed that prior to Shagari’s death, the Sokoto state government footed the electricity bills of the former leader.

However, a Sokoto State government official said the welfare of the late president’s family rests solely on the federal government, noting that the state can only assist out of compassion and respect.

Nigerians react

The social media has been buzzing with the reactions of Nigerians to the development.

Oladapo Soretire said on Facebook:

"That is why civil servants and politicians steal!
"This country never takes care of it's own.
"IBB will be happy he stole enough for his family. Go and check, he will have light 24/7 in his mansion."

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Emeka Eze said:

"This is wrong, he is a descent type. He doesn't deserve this. When Nigeria become good we should expect this not now that every is very bad"

Stephen Didanda said:

"Imagine owing up 6m before disconnection, a common man doesn't owe more than a month u get ur house disconnected, there are many factors contributing to unreliable electric energy in Nigeria, most of our current and former leaders don't pay their electric bills, even military men but u can't see this in developed countries."

Reynolds OS said:

"Its a function of the feeling of entitlement. They cannot seem to have enough of what can be gotten for free. The relatives and children living in the house have enough empowerment to offset the bills. Let them pay."

Christian Afamefuna said:

"So by tomorrow when President Buhari will no longer be in the office and if he was not able to foot his electricity bills, his power would be disconnected? What's really wrong with this country?"

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In other news, electricity consumers have reacted angrily to a report that the federal government approved a fresh hike in electricity tariff.

A check by Legit.ng on Facebook showed that the majority of comments from Nigerians were opposed to the increase.

A section of the commentators wondered why the government would increase electricity tariffs twice in less than six months.

Source: Legit.ng

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