Oluwadamilare Temenu, 22 – year- old man, is presently in police custody for allegedly stabbing a technician with Ikeja Electric, Oluwaseyi Amao, for disconnecting power supply to his residence at No. 13 Adesanya Street, in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi , Lagos State.
Amao alleged that he had gone to Temenu’s residence with his colleague, Yusuf Tunde, to execute a disconnection order by the management of Ikeja Electric, an electricity distribution company, which had marked some flats in the building for disconnection over unpaid bills , where they were attacked by the suspect.
He said that he had given the residents a month’s grace to pay their outstanding bills before going for the disconnection. He said he did not expect that any of them would attack him for disconnecting power supply to his apartment despite owing over N 300,000 .
“We were given a disconnection order to execute at No13 Adesanya Street, Mafoluku , Oshodi, last Thursday . The building has four flats; one flat has a prepaid meter, while the remaining three are on estimated billing; but we were given a disconnection order on the two flats with over N 200, 000 and N 100, 000 debts, respectively.
“Before that day , I had visited the house for disconnection last month and one of the residents , the one using prepaid meter, had pledged to speak with the others to pay their debts , because it was only one wire that supplies power to the four flats. If we cut off the wire , the whole flats will be affected , including the one with prepaid meter, but they still refused to pay .
“So, on the day I was instructed to execute the disconnection order , I explained to the residents, including the guy who stabbed me , that I was there the previous month and that since they had refused to clear their outstanding bills , I had been instructed to disconnect power supply to their apartment . He never argued with me, but I was surprised that he said I was looking for trouble when he saw me climbing the pole.
“All of a sudden , he went inside his flat , brought out a crate of bottles and broke two bottles. I quickly jumped down and he chased after me and stabbed me. He first stabbed me in the neck and head; to avoid more harm, I held him tightly and told my colleague, Tunde, to inform our other colleagues to bring a vehicle so that we could take him to the police station.
He said that his other colleagues eventually brought a vehicle, which conveyed Temenu to the police station while he went to a nearby clinic to treat his wounds.