Fierce-looking youths from Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State descended on the Port Harcourt metropolis by throwing the city into unwarranted darkness.
This happened when a Federal Government facility under the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was forcefully shutdown and barricaded.
The irate youths who were alleged to be acting in favour of an influential person residing in the area on the grounds that his feeder was placed on a load shedding transmission, chased away the technical men on duty, leading to their inability to transmit power to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) for onward distribution, to its customers.
According to a statement released by the PHEDC Spokesperson, John Onyi condemning the actions of the youth in the area which he says is now habitual and very intolerant.
He hampered on the service being rendered to its customers in the metropolis, and called on the government to take steps to curb what he refers to as, ‘Taking laws into hand- posture’ of frequent disruption of power .
”The parochial action is becoming habitual and very embarrassing.
“In 2016 on two occasions, the same youths from Oyigbo blocked the source of supply to Port Harcourt Metropolis.
”The action of these youths if unabated will continue to plunge Port Harcourt City into unnecessary darkness.
”The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, condemns in its entirety taking laws into hand- posture of the youths – and hereby draws the attention of the law enforcement agencies in particular and the Rivers State Government, to come to the aid of PHED and the good people of the state to intervene and put a final stop to this frequent disruption of power distribution to customers”.
Source: Channels TV