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Alleged Assault: AEDC rescinds threat of legal action against EFCC, embraces dialogue

ByBassey Udo

Jun 8, 2022


The management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc on Wednesday said it has jettisoned its threat to take legal actions against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and some of its officials whom they accused on Monday of assault.

On Tuesday, the marketing manager of the electricity distribution company, Donald Etim, in a statement accused five officials of the anti-graft agency of storming the corporate headquarters of AEDC in Abuja to assault its officials who were carrying out their official duties.

Etim said EFCC officials, who arrived the AEDC premises without notice or any warrants, violated the rights of the staff who were physically assaulted, unlawfully arrested and arbitrarily detained without cause or justification.

The AEDC management had threatened to explore all legal measures against the EFCC and iys officials, to ensure a redress for what it described as” gross and regrettable violation of our rights.”

However, on Wednesday, following a meeting between senior officials of both organisations, the AEDC said it was reconsidering its threat to take legal actions against the EFCC over the incident.

“We are pleased to inform the general public that in a swift and positive turn of events, the recent friction between our great company, Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc and the EFCC, has been resolved.

“This was the outcome of a meeting between senior officials of both organisations where it came to the fore that the recent incident at our corporate headquarters involving some of our staff and officials of the EFCC on 6 June 2022 was as a result of misinformation and misunderstanding.

“Following this high-level engagement, both sides resolved to settle all the issues amicably and forge ahead in the interest of peace and mutual cooperation. In the light of this development our company AEDC shall not be seeking legal redress,” Etim said in a statement.

He said as a responsible corporate citizen, the AEDC would continue to collaborate and cooperate with the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies, in their activities and operations when required to do so.

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