Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Allegedly Extorts Customers

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The alleged fraudulent activities of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), has come to limelight as customers groan as they are allegedly being scammed under duress by staff of the company.

Customers who throng the Business Unit of the company located along Anwai Road, Asaba, to recharge their prepaid meters were not only allegedly extorted but subjected to rigorous long hours of waiting.

At the BEDC office, those recharging their meters with N3, 000 and above have network services while those recharging N2, 000 and below lack network service to credit their meters.

The female BEDC officer attending to customers within the BEDC environment directs those who want to recharge N2, 000 and below outside the compound to an outlet besides Oando Petrol station.

The BEDC staff collects a recharge fee of N100 on every recharge as text message fee to inform customers who have paid of availability network.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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