Residents of Birnin Kebbi broke into jubilation after military officers allegedly invaded the head office of Kaduna Electric Distribution Company, KAEDCO which supplies power to Kebbi state.
The soldiers were alleged to have assaulted all the members of staff on duty for disconnecting the electricity at Dukku Barracks.
A video making the rounds online shows members of the community cheering and hailing the military as they drove off in their trucks after the attack.
The Distribution company in a statement by its spokesperson, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, confirmed the incident which happened on Saturday, April 29.
KAEDCO said the military never lodged any complaint regarding its services or any perceived grievances it might have had with the company before attacking its staff.
The statement read;“We condemn in strong terms the molestation of our staff by men of the Nigerian Army in Birnin Kebbi. The armed soldiers invaded our premises Saturday afternoon and unleashed mayhem on unsuspecting staff and customers.
The helpless victims were beaten and subjected to humiliating treatment by the marauding soldiers for no reasons. Such brazen act of impunity has no place in the civilised society we live in.
Their action is all the more nauseating considering the fact that the military men have never lodged any complaint regarding our services or over any perceived grievance they may have had. In fact, several attempts by our management team in Kebbi state requesting meetings where issues of interest to be discussed were rebuffed.
We wish to make clear that Kaduna Electric cannot guarantee its services in an unsafe environment. The safety and well being of our staff is a priority. We do not tolerate such intimidation and molestation of our staff and shall act appropriately within the law to seek redress”.
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