Angry protesters who stormed Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, Enugu office Monday morning protesting against high tariff and over billing by the distribution company, also accused the company and its chairman Emeka Offor of burning live cows daily at the office premises for ritual purposes.
Union Workers under the auspices of United Labour Congress (ULC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Sta of Electricity And Allied Company, SSAEAC, had on Monday staged a protest at the Enugu office of the EEDC over high electricity tariff by the company, refusal to give customers meters, alleged anti-labour policies, indiscriminate sack of workers, insensitivity to staff welfare by management and other grievances.
The protesters among other grievances protested against what it called diabolic practices by the energy distribution company. One of the labour officials who spoke on the condition of animosity claimed that the management daily burns cow at the office premises for ritual purposes.
“They are burning cows, they are burning live cows here for sacrifices. They are burning live cows here for sacrifice, rituals…
“For now, live cows are burnt at the company’s premises at regular intervals. We must stop this bazzare animal burnt offering, before human lives will begin to replace cows by invocation or conjuration.”
The Labour Union workers also said they are protesting against the indiscriminate sack of workers and the Chairman of the company, Sir Emeka Offor, turning the EEDC into ‘Oraifite Indigenes Electricity Company’.
The union claims EEDC is now an exclusive preserve of “Oraifite” as more than 80% of the company’s workforce are from the hometown of the company’s chairman, Emeka Offor, against other clans and people from Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo and Ebonyi state.
“Emeka Offor should know this company is not his own but is partly owned by Nigeria,” the deputy president of the union, Comrade Omohne, said to BuzzNigeria.
BuzzNigeria has not been able to confirm the claims (0f burning cows for rituals) by the union as the manager in charge of the Enugu office refused to speak to our correspondents saying he is not authorised to speak or comment on the issue or any other.
As at the time of filing this report, no statement has been released either by the company or its chairman to affirm or refute the claims.