Residents of Ugbiyoko, a community in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, on Monday stormed the headquarters of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), protesting against prolonged power outage in the area.
The protesters also locked out some staff of the distribution company and vowed to continue the protest until the management of the company responds to their demand.
Consequently, some security operatives were drafted to the scene to prevent the aggrieved residents from grounding traffic in the area.
It was gathered that the community had been out of power supply for about three months due to a faulty transformer, which was said to have been removed by the distribution firm.
During the protest, the aggrieved residents said they were yet to take delivery of the replaced transformer and had since been cut out of power supply.
They therefore vowed to continue the protest until a new transformer was provided for them.
According to one of the residents who identified herself as Mrs. Odogwu, “For the past 3 or 4 months, the one that was there was bad and they came to removed it. After removing it, are you not supposed to bring a new one to the place?”
Reacting, the acting Head, Corporate Affairs, BEDC, Mr. Curtis Nwadie, explained that faulty transformers in the community were overloaded due to double-feeding by some of the residents.
He added that although the company had made an approval for two transformers for the area, there was some delay.