Some angry youths of New Dawn Community in Ijegun, Lagos, on Friday marched to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) office to protest against alleged “extortion without the supply of electricity’.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who witnessed the incident, reports that more than 100 youths were involved in the protest.
They carried placards with several inscriptions to show their grievances against alleged poor services of PHCN.
Some of the inscriptions read, “No light no money, government come to our aid” and “PHCN, why keep us in darkness?”
The demonstrators were intercepted by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of the community, Mr Segun Titiladunayo, who advised them to follow due process in expressing their grievances by seeking police permit to avoid confrontation or violence.
Following the intervention of the police, only members of the executive of the community continued the movement to the PHCN office on Isheri Road to present the complaint.
Titiladunayo later said that he had appealed to the youth leaders to avoid violence and follow the path of peace.
The youth leader, Mr Shomade Taiwo, noted that they had been denied electricity supply for many years without any reason.
“We are fed up with the non-supply of electricity, yet we have been paying for services we did not get,” he said.
Shomade said the community had written numerous letters to the PHCN office in the area without positive response.
He also said the community had made efforts to provide most of the transformer accessories through private contributions.
Investigations show that some residents of the community have abandoned the services of PHCN and resorted to alternative power sources.