Peeved by incessant attacks on its staff, Ikeja Electric has vowed to ensure the prosecution of anyone that engages in the act.
The company made this known in a statement signed by its Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Felix Ofulue and made available to the media on Monday, May 27.
He said that the company has zero tolerance for assault on its staff and would go to any length within the ambit of the law to ensure that they operate without fear of molestation from any customer.
Ofulue said that Ikeja Electric was aware of many cases of unprovoked attacks on its staff by some unscrupulous customers and would continue to report such to law enforcement agencies.
The company spokesman said that some of the attackers had bagged different prison terms, and called on aggrieved customers to explore civil means of seeking redress rather than assaulting its staff.
According to the statement, Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos states that any person who unlawfully assaults another and thereby causes him harm commits felony and is liable to conviction and imprisonment for a period of not less than three years.
Ofulue added, “It is wrong for persons to attack our technical staff who are on the ladder, it is also an offence to throw them off the ladder.
“Please note that Ikeja Electric has zero tolerance for assault on its staff and remains committed to protecting the lives of staff.
“We will not hesitate to seek redress through any means, within the limits of the law.”
Ofulue further explained that the company would not hesitate to withdraw its services from any individual or community that proved too hostile to its staff.
Safety Record can report that Ikeja Electric is Nigeria’s largest electricity distribution company, powering more than 700,000 homes and businesses in Lagos and environs.