Ikeja Distribution Company says ex-PHCN staff extorting Lagos residents

The company asked residents to report any suspicious transactions to it.

Some former Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) staff are allegedly extorting money from the public under the guise of receiving contributions towards the repairs of equipment for better power supply.

The observation was raised on Thursday by the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), one of the 18 successor companies of the PHCN, privatised to address the twin issues of poor operational and financial performance.

The new management of IKEDC, which covers the northern segment of Lagos State and has 11 business units across eight local government areas located in Abule Egba, Akowonjo, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ikotun, Ipaja, Odogunyan, Ogba, Ojodu, Oshodi and Shomolu, said the public should be alert and report any attempt by persons demanding payment for purchase of Pre-paid Meters or repairs of its equipment to the authorities.

“It has come to our notice that some former PHCN staff have allegedly been extorting money from members of the public under the guise of receiving contributions towards the repairs of equipment in their localities and purchase of Prepaid Meters. For the avoidance of doubt, no former PHCN staff or IKEDC staff is authorized to make such demands. We urge the public to rebuff these impostors and report such cases to the nearest IKEDC office, ikedcc@yahoo.com or send SMS to 08174598393 for prompt investigation and resolution,” Pekun Adeyanju, AGM, Public Affairs, IKEDC said.

To address the challenges of dwindling power supply, Nigeria’s Federal Government decided to privatise the sector with the following objectives: Increased access to electricity services, improved efficiency, affordability, reliability and quality of services and promote greater investment into the sector to stimulate economic growth.

Highlighting that the company remained solely responsible for the supply, repairs, and replacement of its equipment, IKEDC’s management said it had since commenced customer education campaigns aimed at creating awareness of on-going efforts to improve service delivery and encourage customer involvement in ensuring the success of the power reform.

The company warned that it is a criminal offence for unauthorised persons to tamper with any IKEDC facility or equipment, adding that defaulters will be prosecuted.

According to Mr. Adeyanju, the company had embarked on an upgrade of its customer care centre at its 11 business units to accelerate complaint resolution and respond promptly to issues bordering on metering, estimated billing, shedding and vandalism, among others.

He said IKEDC was partnering with relevant authorities to address vandalism of its equipment, but however, urged consumers to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities around equipment in their areas to the law enforcement agencies as well as the distribution company; adding that “it is imperative that people who ask for their rights should first be responsible to the society.”

The new management of Ikeja Distribution Company has been holding inaugural Town Hall meetings across its various locations in its bid to establish a roadmap towards providing uninterrupted quality power supply to all its consumers in the nearest future.


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  • Tunde Oni

    Where is the electricity in Shasha? Even on days we are supposed to have electricity it is as good as it been a day off. Please save us from this perpetual darkness.

  • Bablow

    We are constantly harassed by Mr. Ben with phone number 08072119533 demanding for bribe in Isolo.

  • Obinna

    We are not satisfied with the management of Abule Odu distribution manager, they tell us they are doing load shedding and yet the doesn’t stay for 30mins is gone we noticed that the person that does the load shedding takes bribe the people he is supose put off he will leave them on because they gave money he then punishes those that didn’t drop money this has been on for months.
    The person they for the load shedding is not a full phcn staff he is a contract staff.
    Please something should be done fast. I am talking about Abule Odu under Alimosho Lagos

  • Sam

    The level of corrupt practices at the Electricity company in Oke Ira ogba is now out of hands. For over six months now, we have noticed what they explained as load distribution. A particular trend is very noticeable where a particular part of Okeira is highly favoured in the distribution. Internal sources at the office explain under secrecy the need to favour an hotelier cum transport union leader hence the redistribution. We are living in darkness while seeing light on the other streets. This is very absurd and may need further exposure at some stage. Save us from this corrupt officers of ‘PHCN’. Thanks

  • oga kunle

    We have been suffering in darkness for almost a year now for lack of power supply to Niyi Onilari Street,grandmate bustop Ago palace way okota. We mailed,met and even made several calls to IKEDC concerning this problem and nothing seems to be done about it,yet we do not owe them. All the streets around us in fact the whole ago dwells in steady and constant power supply while we get 3minutes light once a day and sometimes 3minutes light once after 3days. We were told 5months ago that the feeders were bad and till now it has not been repaired yet you keep bringing your bills and we pay them.please what is our offence for this punishment? Help your customers put a permanent end to this darkness.