Court Humbles Enugu Disco, Sends 2 Managers to Jail
Staff of electricity distribution companies who have always acted with pride and impunity have a second thought coming as an Anambra State High Court, sitting in Onitsha, on Tuesday jailed the Distribution Manager and Marketing Manager of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Onitsha District for three months for contempt.
The two managers taken before the court by the leaders of the Iweka Electronic Amalgamated Traders Association, Onitsha for disconnecting their electricity supply after the Disco had given them N2m estimated bill, popularly called crazy bill.
The traders rejected the bill and sued the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, for attempting to force them to pay the disputed electricity bills.
After oral submissions of both counsels for the plaintiff and defendants, on May 23, 2016, the court made an interim order of injunction wherein parties were asked to maintain the status quo ante. It was gathered that despite the pendency of the interim order, the EEDC officials disconnected the traders’ lines.
Delivering judgment against the EEDC managers, Justice Ike Obu described the EEDC managers’ action as crass impunity and sentenced the two managers to three months imprisonment without an option of fine.
The judge said the defendant should have obeyed the court order pending the hearing of the motion on notice. The judge said, “You are hereby committed to prison for three months until you purge yourselves of the contempt.”
The Chairman of the Iweka Electronic Amalgamated Traders Association, Mr. Ndubuisi Egotanwa, commended the court for giving them judgment over what he called the highhandedness and display of impunity by the members of staff of the EEDC over the years.
Egotanwa said the EEDC workers had wielded so much powers in the area and had “thought that no person, group of persons or even the court could stop them from their illegal disconnection and issuance of crazy bills.”