New Electricity Tariff: Court Dismisses Application To Stay Proceedings

Channels Television  
Updated February 23, 2016

Rickey TarfaA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has thrown out a suit over the hike in electricity tariff, for lack of merit.

Justice Mohammed Idris held that contrary to the claims of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), there is no indication that an appeal has been listed for hearing at the Appeal Court.

The NERC had asked the court to stay proceedings until its appeal against two previous rulings are heard and determined by the Appeal Court.

The application was dismissed and a cost of ten thousand Naira was awarded in favour of the plaintiff, a Lagos based lawyer, Toluwani Yemi-Adebiyi.

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on February 15, 2016 warned the Federal Government and the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) not to disobey subsisting court orders on electricity tariff.

The court also warned the government not to act in a way that showed disdain for the court in a constitutional democracy.

Presiding Justice, Mohammed Idris, gave the warning while ruling in a suit filed by a lawyer and rights activist, Toluwani Adebiyi, over the recent hike in electricity tariff on Monday.