Residents of Sapele Town In Delta State Protest Blackout
Sapele residents protest blackout, shut down businesses
Protesters said they’ve been left in darkness for weeks, while the elites have had uninterrupted power supply during the period.
Residents of Sapele Town in Delta State, on Friday, April 21, halted economic activities in that part of the country.
They were protesting a perennial electricity blackout situation.
Some of the residents who spoke to Pulse lamented that they have been left in darkness for more than two months.
They accused the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) of preferential treatment.
According to some of the respondents who joined the protest, “politicians, hotels and individuals wey dey line 33 dey always get light…we we dey for darkness”.
One protester would later add that: “Sapele dey generate light for other places to use,yet darkness don cover the
entire town. The worst of it be say, we still dey pay for the darkness.
The protesters later picketed the office of the electricity distribution company and barricaded all roads around Sapele.
Shops and offices were shuttered as well.
Erratic power remains a challenge in Nigeria; Africa’s biggest economy.