Man electrocuted while allegedly trying to steal transformer cables

Man electrocuted while allegedly trying to steal transformer cables
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Man electrocuted while allegedly trying to steal

Residents of Otukpo, Benue state woke up to a sorry sight of a suspected thief who suffered electrocution while hanging on a transformer.

The yet-to-be-identified man had been electrocuted on Friday near the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) centre in Otukpo Local Government.

It was gathered that he allegedly vandalised a transformer on a high-tension pole before he was electrocuted when power was suddenly restored by the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC).

The lifeless body was discovered dangling from the high-tension pole on Saturday morning, with a large crowd of passersby gathered around the corpse.

Officials of the distribution company were called to the scene of the incident and they made attempts to retrieve the lifeless body of the suspect from the electric pole.

A source said; “We came this morning and found the body suspended from the electric pole at a transformer with tools in his hand.”

Meanwhile, a similar incident happened months ago in Anambra where a suspected thief has was electrocuted while trying to steal high tension cable.

The tragic incident was said to have occurred near the Faculty of Education building, close to the Department of Economics at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State.

A university source said; “We came this morning and found the body suspended from the electric pole at a transformer point in the area of the new Faculty of Education building, close to the Department of Economics.

“Evidence showed he was almost done cutting a high-tension cable before electricity was restored by the EEDC and he got electrocuted.

“EEDC officials, police officers, and officials of the Safety Department of the university were on the ground as the body was being retrieved around 11am. I witnessed the retrieval but wish to remain anonymous.”

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