The Regional Manager of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company in Niger State, Engineer Yahaya Jere, and other senior officials of the company on Thursday escaped mob attack at the Niger State House of Assembly where they had gone to honour a summon of the legislators over power outage in Minna.
The outage of light in the city for about four days resorted to a peaceful protest by youths and had irked the lawmakers at plenary, resulting in the summon of the Regional Manager for direct questions and answers.
However, by the time Jere and officials that accompanied him were ushered into the legislative chamber, a crowd of All Progressives Congress supporters had gathered to witness the screening of commissioner-nominees, also scheduled for Thursday by the Assembly.
It was learnt that the response of the regional manager to questions on the darkness in the city for three days infuriated the lawmakers and the crowd, who concluded that AEDC do not have regard for the people of the state.
Tension at the chamber was said to have heightened when Jere said the protesting youths do not know the difference between Transmission Company of Nigeria and the AEDC
It was learnt that the plenary session became rowdy and the regional manager and his team have to be whisked into hiding when the mob became agitated and uncontrollable.
It was gathered that the AEDC officials were later smuggled out of the Assembly complex to safety by security escorts attached to the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Ahmed Marafa.
A Principal Officer of the Assembly, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our Correspondent that it was the responsibility of the House to ensure the safety of its guests, hence the protection provided by the Speaker.
The Assembly however resolved to summon the officials at the headquarters of AEDC at a later date for cogent explanations on the power situation in the state.