By Johnpaul Anih, 27 – 11 – 2020
An Enugu High Court presided over by the Honourable Justice Azubuike Onovo has adjourned the case of Mr. Chukwunonso Daniel Ogbe Vs. Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC) & Ors E/01/2020 to the 4th day of February 2021 for judgment.
The Applicant, who is an Enugu-based lawyer had approached the High Court of Enugu State by way of Public Interest Litigation under the Fundamental Right (Enforcement Procedure) Rules of 2009 earlier this year, to challenge the action of EEDC in forcefully phasing out the use of standalone prepaid meters by consumers of electricity in the Enugu State arguing that such act amounts to the violation of the right of consumers of electricity in Enugu State not to be subjected to exploitation, inhuman and degrading treatment as guaranteed under article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap. A9., Vol. 1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
When the matter came up for hearing on the 26th of November 2020 at the High Court of Enugu State, counsel to the Applicant, Anyigor Oliver Nwode Esq., argued the case of the Applicant and adopted the processes filed by the Applicant, while counsel to EEDC Okwudili Agbo adopted the counter affidavit and other processes filed by the EEDC in challenging the suit filed by the Applicant.
The Honourable Justice Azubuike Onovo accordingly adjourned the matter to the 4th day of February 2021, in order to rule on the suit filed by the Applicant.
It could be recalled that the EEDC in the month of January 2020, attempted to phase out the use of standalone prepaid meters by consumers of electricity in the South-East geopolitical zone, which line of action was greeted with serious public outcry.
The policy was temporarily put on abeyance following the suit which was filed by the Applicant to challenge the action of EEDC.