Published January 26, 2021
Adeniyi Olugbemi , Sokoto
The Kaduna Electric Distribution Company last Wednesday disconnected electricity supply to the home of late Alhaji Shehu Shagari , the Second Republic President of Nigeria , over unpaid bills estimated to be over N 6m .
Occupants of the house , including late Shagari wives and relations, were saved from darkness , as the light was later reconnected same day , following intervention or a surety who promised to settle the bill .
A KAEDCO official at the Sokoto business office, who pleaded not to be named , informed our correspondent that the light was reconnected on a strong commitment to settle the outstanding bill by an anonymous surety . He, however, did not disclose the anonymous surety .
KAEDCO spokesman , Abdulaziz Abdullahi , who confirmed the disconnection of the late President home located on Sama Road , in Sokoto , said, “ The bill has not been paid since the former president died on December 28 , 2018 at the age of 93 .
“ The company has given enough grace for them to settle the bills before the disconnection .”
A family source disclosed that prior to Shagari ’ s death ; the state government footed the electricity bills of the former leader.
However, a Sokoto State government official who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said , “ You know the welfare of the late president ’ s family rests solely on the Federal Government , if the state government assists , it is just out of compassion and respect for the late President .”