Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

By - DSM

Police Terrorizes Agege, Lagos, community for protesting mass disconnection on the orders of Ikeja Electric management

September 21 protest outside Abattoir police station, Agege, Lagos against the arrest of anti-Ikeja Electric protesters

*Release Alfa Saheed Fatai, and Odewale Jamiu Now!

The Campaign for Democratic and Workers Rights (CDWR) condemns the arrest of Alfa Saheed, the Imam of Ladoje Mosque, Agege and Odewale Jamiu early this morning, Wednesday 21st September 2022, by police officers from the Abattoir Divisional Headquarters, Oko Oba Agege, Lagos, at the behest of Ikeja Electric, Emmanuel Undertaking office. The Imam was arrested right inside the mosque after leading early morning prayers.

We hereby demand their immediate and unconditional release.

We also demand an end to the fraudulent estimated billing, issuance of pre-paid meters and a reversal of the privatisation of the power sector and for the re-nationalisation of the power sector under democratic workers control and management. We call on the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State to desist from using men of the police who are financed through the public purse as thugs of private electricity companies.

Protesting outside Abattoir police station, Agege, Lagos on September 21, 2022

We also warn Ikeja Electric, in particular, the Emmanuel Undertaking Manager Tajudeen Musa Stanley to desist from mass disconnection especially in a situation of poor electricity supply and unwarranted and exploitative estimated billing.

The background to this arrest was the mass disconnection embarked upon by Emmanuel undertaking of Ikeja Electric yesterday Tuesday, 20 September 2022 and these mass disconnection was based on crazy and unwarranted estimated billing and refusal to issue prepaid meters to most electricity consumers in Agege.

The CDWR stands in solidarity with the community people resisting exploitation by electricity companies and other service providers and we shall follow up this case until the arrested and detained persons regains freedom, all charges dropped and victory is achieved.

Comrade Rufus Olusesan

National Chairperson

Comrade Chinedu Bosah

National Publicity Secretary

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