Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has promised to grant Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company’s (IBEDC) request for special courts on power and supply related cases at the Magistracy level.
Justice Dipeolu disclosed this while receiving the representatives of the Ibadan Electricity Company (IBEDC) in her office at the Ogun State Judiciary Complex, Abeokuta.
She stated that the decision will serve as to curb the high rate of lawlessness in the Energy and Power Sector.
His Lordship thereafter assured the company of her administration’s readiness to foster better relationship that will benefit the State Judiciary, IBEDC and the State at large.
His lordship urged the Management of the Company to also adopt the usage of the available Ogun Multi-Door Courthouses and Small Claims Courts across the State in the adjudication of Justice on Offenders.
The Chief Judge further stated that the financial claims at the Small Claims Court has now increased from One Million Naira to Five Million Naira.
Earlier, The Chief Legal Officer of the Power company, Mr Akeem Babatunde who eulogised the Chief Judge for His Lordship’s giant strides in the State Judiciary disclosed that the visit is to further deepen the existing bilateral relations among the two organisations noting that, the visit will also aid the speedy trial of illegal acts being perpetrated by some members of the public in relation to power and supply cases.
Mr Babatunde described electricity theft as the bane of progress in the Energy and power sector, emphasising that by-passing of high voltage gargets amongst consumers has become part of the daily societal moral decadences.
He said, to better serve the Public, there is dire need to request for a dedicated Court, saddled with energy and power related cases in order to build more capacities to move the industry forward in the effective supply of power to the public.