Policemen, electricity workers escape death from irate Bayelsa youth

By Samuel Tombra, Yenagoa

The personnel of the Nigeria Police Force alongside six employees of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) have escaped death in the hands of irate machete wielding youths in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

Sources said the were said to be angry that amidst darkness for many days in their various suburbs, the workers under the protection of the policemen stormed their areas to recover debts and disconnect their households from the national power grid.

During the fracas that ensued between men of the electricity company and the youths, the Business Service Manager of PHED for Yenagoa, Pere Alazigha was cut with machete.

Another worker identified as Christian Umegbewe ‎was reportedly pushed down from the ladder during the disconnection process.

Reacting to the incidence, the Chief Operating Officer, PHED, Engr. Kingsley Achife,‎ confirmed the development in a statement issued by the Protocol Officer, Corporate Communication, Sophilia Obire.

In the statement, Achife stated that security operatives attached to them were attacked by some residents of Epie community in Yenagoa.

“The attack, which was spearheaded by youths, resulted in injury to three policemen, the Business Service Manager, Pere Alazigha, a linesman, Christian Umegbewe and other staff members involved in the disconnection exercise.

“While Alazigha was left with a machete cut on his body, Umegbewe was pushed down from the ladder by the youths during the disconnection process. Both of them were immediately hospitalized,” he wrote.

Achife condemned the violence but said the attitude of the youths would not deter the commitment of PHED to service paying customers.

He said the company would continue to ensure that all customers pay for energy consumed appealing to members of the public to stop attacking workers willing to render quality service to them.

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