Legal action prevents NERC and KEDCO from enforcing new power rates

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An interim order has been obtained by the Federal High Court sitting in Kano, preventing the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) from imposing a new, higher electricity rate on Band A customers inside the business area of the DisCo.

To maintain a steady supply of power for the well-off, NERC recently ordered electricity distribution companies to charge Band A customers higher bills.

While many Nigerians were still complaining about power outages, NERC moved most customers to Band A.

A.B. Mahmoud represented several parties in this matter, including Super Sack Company Limited, BBY Sacks Limited, Mama Sannu Industries Limited, Dala Foods Nigeria Limited, Tofa Textile Limited, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Limited (MAN).

On Thursday, Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court in Kano granted the interim order in response to this ex-parte motion.

The tariff hike was supposed to go into effect this May, but the order prevented NERC and KEDCO from doing so until the move on notice was heard and decided.

Furthermore, the judgment forbade the defendants from threatening or intimidating the Applicants by cutting off their power if they did not accept the revised pricing.

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