Some soldiers attached to the 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta, Ogun State, allegedly beat up one of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) workers on March 6, over “poor power” supply.
PUNCH reports that about six soldiers, led by one Major Musa, stormed the IBEDC substation – Olumo business hub, Rounder – and met the substation’s distribution officer, Salau Adekunle, who was on duty.
The workers on duty on that day, say they had explained to the soldiers that the outage was caused by a reduction in the power generation nationwide, but it fell on deaf ears.
The soldiers descended on Adekunle the victim, with horse whips, leaving his back sore with the effects of the flogging. He eventually ended up in the hospital for treatment because of the beating.
Adekunle narrates that he was on duty that day around 12pm when the soldiers came into the office with horse whips. He was told to get up and without explanation, they started beating him.
The poor victim says he informed the head office of the incident and it promised to do something about it.
According to him, “they had come earlier then to threaten us. We reported at our head office and the head of the barracks was petitioned. They complained that they did not get supply regularly, but it is not our fault. They said they would be the ones to determine the number of hours they want power. We told them it was not possible, but they didn’t want to listen.”
The incident has left the IBEDC workers fearful in their office. They claim that unit officials had also received threats from the barracks authorities, making them to be afraid whenever they were on duty, even as threats from the soldiers had intensified.
Before the recent power generation drop nationwide, the barracks had power for between eight to 15 hours everyday but now on the average, the barracks and environs got five hours supply daily, which falls short of the soldiers’ expectation.