The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has denied reports that it disconnected the Edo State Police Command due to debts running to the tune of over N151 million.
The company’s image-maker, Mr. Curtis Nwadei, stated this during an interactive session with journalists in his office in Benin.
Nwadei, however, disclosed that the Command is indebted to the power distribution company to the tune of N151 million, but that the current blackout which affected the Area Command, Adesuwa Police Station and Zone 5, was as a result of a fault on the transformer that supplies power to the Command and vandalization of the second line conveying power to the area.
According to him, “the much I can say about that is that the Edo State Police Command is not disconnected.
“What happened was that the transformer feeding them is bad, and because of the debt, we can’t raise money to repair or replace transformer.
“The Command alone is owing us N48, 392, 675. While Zone 5 and the barracks are owing us N103, 000,000.
“You can imagine what it’s like working for a place where we don’t get anything in return. How do you want us to pay salaries, maintain vehicles when we are so heavily indebted? We buy this energy and we pay the supplier of energy.”