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Corpses Decomposing In Army Mortuaries Over Power Outage | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Feb 23, 2024

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja, says that corpses in mortuaries in some barracks of the Nigerian Army are decomposing over an ongoing power outage.

Lagbaja recently disclosed this when he paid the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, to seek intervention in its N42 billion debt owed to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC.

He appealed for the liquidation of the electricity debt of the Nigerian Army following the disconnection of various Army barracks and cantonments by power distribution companies.

Lagbaja, in a statement issued in Abuja by the media aide to the power minister, Bolaji Tunji, said the main reason for his visit was to discuss the consequences of the power outage in Army formations and the way forward.

He was quoted as saying, “Debt owed is loaded on the meter, so no matter the amount of credit we put, the meters pick it automatically. Corpses in the Army mortuaries are decomposing and the owners of the corpses are protesting.”

According to the statement, “he (Lagbaja) further stated that the army couldn’t raise funds to pay the entire debt, as he solicited liquidation as was done in 2005 by the then President.”

“Debt owed is loaded on the meter, so no matter the amount of credit we put, the meters pick it automatically. Corpses in the Army mortuaries are decomposing and the owners of the corpses are protesting.”

According to the statement, “he (Lagbaja) further stated that the army couldn’t raise funds to pay the entire debt, as he solicited liquidation as was done in 2005 by the then President.”

Responding, Adelabu assured the Nigerian Army of his readiness to dialogue with the power distribution companies to relieve the Nigerian Army of its electricity debt burden amounting to N42bn.

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