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NSCDC officers in Akwa Ibom beat up NTA staff for not bribing PHEDC officials

A cross section of NSCDC officers
A cross section of NSCDC officers

Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have allegedly beaten and injured a staff of the Nigerian Television Authority(NTA) Uyo, Imo Etimudo.

It was gathered that Etimudo was harassed on Saturday by the NSCDC officers on the directives of a staff of the Port Harcourt Electricity Company (PHEDC), Joseph Umoh.

According to Etimudo, Umoh led the PHEDC team to the estate where he lived to disconnect the electricity lines of residents that have not paid their bills.

He said he was surprised at the PHEDC official’s request because the estate had been without electricity for close to six months and the company has stopped bringing bills.

Narrating his ordeal to our correspondent in Uyo, Etimudo said, ”The PHEDC people came to where I live at Anniversary Estate along Idoro road in Uyo. We have not had light in the estate for over a year until [Saturday].

”They came and knocked at the gate and I opened for them. They demanded for my electricity bill and I told them I don’t have it because we have not had light for over a year and that is maybe why they don’t give us bills.

”They said okay that I should give them money and I asked them what the money they demanded was for. They said their ‘oga'(boss) said I should find them something so I went out to see their ‘oga’.

”As soon as I went to see their boss, they dropped my wires. At that point I demanded to know why the wires were dropped because we have not enjoyed electricity supply from PHEDC for a very long time.

”They said they are disconnecting me and going with my wires because I refused to give them money. I insisted they can’t go with their wires after disconnecting me. I tried to stop them from taking the wires away.

”I wasn’t the only person. There is a serving Army Major-General who is my neighbour. He is in Maiduguri but his family lives here. The man has a prepaid meter inside his house but they still brought down his wires.

”The branch manager of Keystone Bank lives here too. He has a prepaid meter also. They met him in person and demanded money from him. The man refused to give them money and they brought down his light.

”I tried reaching the NUJ chairman to intervene but he said he was indisposed so I decided to drive out in my car to seek help.

”On my way out, close to my apartment, I was blocked by NSCDC and the PHEDC officials who attacked and beat me up and inflicted serious injuries on my head and back.

“Six of them in addition to eight others supposedly working for PHED. They shot sporadically with live ammunition and everyone ran for safety.

“The Civil Defence guys hit me with their guns, my head had a deep cut, and serious wounds in other parts of my body as well as my shoulder that became dislocated. I bled unconsciously. They “arrested” me into the Toyota Camry which they used for the illegal job.

“My wife and my parents were equally assaulted for attempting to rescue me. My cousin and my neighbours defied the gun shots and came for me. That delayed their whisking me away like a criminal.

“I began to regain consciousness and put calls to the Chairman of NUJ in Akwa Ibom State and my lawyer friends. I was about to dial the number of the PPRO in Akwa Ibom State when they snatched the phone from me. They told me repeatedly that they can kill me and nothing would happen.

“When the residents came out again, they disappeared with the speed of light. I was taken to Itam Police Station to report the incident before going to the hospital”.

Efforts to reach the State Commandant of NSCDC, Samuel Fadeyi did not yet results as his phone line was busy as at the time of filing this report.

However, it was learnt that the Commandant had reached out to the State Chairman of NUJ, who admitted that a meeting was scheduled on Monday to address the matter.

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