Judiciary

Court Declares Electricity Billing Without Installation Of Meter ‘Illegal, Arbitrary, Wrongful, Unjustifiable’

By Olajide Omojolomoju

An Akure High Court presided over by Justive Olabode Adegbehingbe has declared electricity consumption billing in an unmetered building illegal, unjustifiable, arbitrary and wrongful.

Delivering judgment in a suit between Mike Kpemi and Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, the court ordered BEDC to immediately install a metering device at the claimant’s residence, at Bethel Estate, Oba- Ile, Akure “at the paying rates approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, for the type of meter installed, where applicable.

Furthermore, the court restrained the electricity distribution company from billing the claimant’s residence and from disconnecting the claimant’s house from the defendant’s network, “unless and until a meter is first installed at the house.

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