Protesters in Edo Assembly which comprises of Edo Civil society, has littered the entrance leading to the Edo state House of Assembly (EDHA), over a bill which was passed by the lawmakers criminalising electricity theft
The protesters invited babalawos, to the protest ground and also printed obituary poster of the speaker, Kabiru Adjoto.
They painted the wall of the Assembly and also dropped several objects.
The electricity theft bill which is currently waiting for assent of Governor Godwin Obaseki, stipulates a two year jail term for anyone engaged in electricity theft.
A special court is also prescribed for consumers in the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), who bypass and also engage in illegal electricity connection.
While speaking with journalists, Speaker, Adjoto said that the protesters where sponsored by some politicians and those who he calls disgruntled lawmskets in the Assembly.
Adjoto noted that the lawmakers only domesticated the federal law on electricity theft which stipulates 21 year jail term, which has been in existence.
He explained that the bill stipulates the condition, which one could be charged for electricity theft.
Adjoto said that the Assembly would take all legal actions to redeem it’s image, following the accusations that the BEDC had paid the sum of 50 million naira to sponsor the bill.
The speaker said that the lawmakers involved in the sponsorship of the protest would be sanctioned according to the rules of the House.
In his words “The relevant laws will be applied to make the civil society prove that we collected money. The onus is for them to proof that we collected money in the courts.
“There is more to it than electricity theft. They brought herbalists to be invoking incantations on my picture”, he said in conclusion.
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