One person was reportedly shot while a car and several bicycles went up in flames after a peaceful protest staged by residents of Kafanchan in Kaduna State over outrageous electricity bills and epileptic power supply, turned violent on Monday, January 18.
The protesters who came out in their large numbers, stormed the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC), Kafanchan business office carrying varying placards with inscriptions: ‘Stop charging us high’, ‘Stop the blackout’, ‘Give us stable power supply.
Some of the protesters decried that power supply in the area was not commensurate with the ‘high billing’ they usually received every month. They maintained that the situation of power in Kafanchan had deteriorated in recent times and called for an end to excessive billing by KEDC.
The protest nevertheless turned violent when the security agents in their bid to curb the protesting, opened fire and a bullet hit the back of one of the protesters. A car and several motorcycles were burnt afterwards.