Court bars BEDC from billing unmetered buildings in Ondo

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

Justice Adegbehingbe in a judgement delivered in a case filled by Mike Kpemi against Benin Electricity Development Company ( BEDC), 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 for the type of meter installed, where applicable.

The court further restrained BEDC 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.