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Mother and Son Electrocuted by Faulty High-Tension Cable in Delta State

A heartbreaking incident unfolded in the Eruemukohwarien community when a widow identified only as Mary and her son, Prince, fell victim to an electrocution caused by an 11 KVA high-tension cable owned by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC). Eyewitnesses on the scene recounted the harrowing sequence of events, stating that the aged and weakened cable abruptly snapped, landing on the roof of a market stall. In a desperate attempt to shield her child from harm, Mary bravely intervened, but tragically, both mother and son succumbed to the fatal electric shock.The sudden rupture of the cable sparked an inferno that swiftly engulfed the victims, sending shockwaves of grief throughout the entire community. Regrettably, this distressing incident is not an isolated occurrence in the Eruemukohwarien community. Less than a year ago, three lives were claimed by electrocution in the same vicinity, shedding light on a persistent and alarming issue that demands immediate attention.Confronted with the distressing frequency of such incidents, residents of the area have voiced their strong concerns and demanded the BEDC take definitive action by replacing the outdated cables instead of resorting to temporary fixes. Presently, the cable responsible for the tragic demise of the mother and son lies strewn on the ground, serving as a somber reminder of the urgent need for a comprehensive overhaul of the electrical infrastructure. Eyewitnesses, speaking to Tribune Newspaper, have underscored the precarious state of the BEDC cables, emphasizing the imperative of addressing this matter without delay.Chief Kingsley Emomate, the Secretary General of the Eruemukohwarien community, expressed profound sorrow at the recurring tragedies and issued an impassioned plea to the BEDC. He implored the company to prioritize the replacement of outdated cables in the community, acknowledging the devastating loss of life and emphasizing the vital importance of averting future incidents of this nature.”The pitiable and sympathetic incident we witnessed is truly lamentable. It is a regrettable fact that lives have been needlessly lost,” Chief Emomate mournfully conveyed. “Just over a year ago, we experienced a similar tragedy, resulting in the loss of three community members. This recurring loss of life attributable to the provision of poor electrical materials by the BEDC is absolutely unacceptable. I beseech the government to intervene promptly and ensure the expeditious replacement of these archaic cables, which have been in service for over four decades.”The anguished plea of the community echoes the urgency and necessity of immediate action, as the grieving inhabitants of Eruemukohwarien mourn the loss of yet another innocent life to an avoidable tragedy. The call for a comprehensive overhaul of the electrical infrastructure stands as a solemn reminder that the preservation of human life must remain paramount in the pursuit of a safer and more secure community.


Ademola Adeyemi

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