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By: Ade Adeleke
It was like a drama when Operatives of the Department of Security Service, DSS and Police officers on Wednesday’s Morning rescued the BEDC Business Manager, Igbara-oke Unit, Mrs. Iyabo Adefemi from being lynched by irate Akure residents mostly Youths from Fanibi area of the Ondo state capital over allegation of stolen transformer cable by the officials of the company.
The youths who staged a protest that lasted for over five hours blocked major oyemekun road and Ondo road in the state capital as early as seven o’clock in the morning ,disrupting commercial activities and traffic flow which led to long queue of vehicles.
The protesting youths also carried placards with different inscriptions against the operation of BEDC in Ondo state including “BEDC oppression must end”.
Some Police officers however pleaded with fanibi community leaders who led the protest to allow road users go for their normal daily business while they would call for meeting between them and the management of BEDC.
The chairman, landlord association in fanibi, mr Olubunmi Mapayi alleged that officials of BEDC have been terrorising residents of the community with outrageous billing while they refused to issue prepaid meters for them.
While the top police officers were addressing the community leaders, some youths headed towards the office of the BEDC, barricading the road in front of the office and disallowing BEDC officers to resume while others ran for safety.
It took the police officers and DSS, over thirty minutes before they could help the Business Manager, Igbara-oke Unit, Mrs. Iyabo Adefemi out of her office amidst tight security as the youths were ready to attack her.
Adeyemi was later taken to the old police headquarters where she and fanibi community representatives are having a closed door meeting towards finding a solution to the matter.
However, the outcome of the meeting seemed not to have satisfied the youths as they claimed that Mrs Adefemi did not give them definite answer to the time electricity would be restored to the fanibi community.
A youth leader, who was part of the meeting ,told Radio Nigeria that mrs Adefemi assured them she would order for cables as replacement for the stolen ones from BEDC headquarters in Benin but she was not certain of the time that would materialise.
Efforts to get the reaction of Mrs Adefemi were not successful as she didn’t grant interview when she was being escorted back to the Hilux Van out of the area command .
Covered/ KAYODE ANIMASAUN