The management of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, KEDC, a subsidiary of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, has accused the Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko, of assaulting three of its staff in the state for denying his community electricity.
The Acting Managing Director of the Company, Mohammed Adamu, made this known at a press briefing late Monday at the company’s Doka office in Kaduna.
Mr. Adamu explained that the staff were summoned by the governor and beaten to a pulp by the Governor and some of his aides.
“On Saturday, 20th October, 2012, an unusual and unfortunate event took place which was beyond our comprehension. On the said date our business manager, Giwa Business Unit, Sokoto state, Moses Osigwe, was invited by the Executive Governor of the State, Aliyu Magatarkada Wamakko to his personal residence, over the issue of lack of power supply to his hometown, Wamakko, as a result of a failed 2.5MVA transformer.
“He accused our staff of deliberately denying his community, Wamakko, of power supply. As the business manager was trying to explain to him, the governor just brought out a horse whip (popularly known as koboko in Hausa language) and lashed him to a pulp,” Mr. Adamu said.
The PHCN boss said the governor’s brutality did not stop there “as he also invited and instructed two hefty mobile police men to continue with the beating spree until the business manager fell to the ground and became unconscious.”
“In the same vein, the Governor did not stop at the beating of our business manager but invited two other staff of the company namely, Isyaku Daura, Officer 2 (Electrical) and Nurudeen Mohammed, Staff 1 (Lines) and ordered the mobile policemen to beat them up, also to a pulp,” he lamented.
Adamu described the governor’s action as uncalled for, barbaric, and uncivilised.
“We therefore find it pertinent to let the whole world know, so that as defenseless citizens going about our legitimate duties, we should not be brutalised and lynched by powerful Chief Executives,” he reiterated.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Sokoto state Governor, Sani Umar, when contacted on phone said he would call back as he was driving. He was yet to do so as at the time of this report.