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Man Electrocuted While Vandalizing Transformer in Kogi State

In a tragic incident that occurred on Thursday, Olukuluku Kabiru lost his life after being electrocuted while attempting to vandalize a transformer owned by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). The incident took place at a substation situated on Camp Road, in the Lokoja area of Kogi State.The manager of the power distribution firm, Michael Eneromi, expressed his dismay upon receiving news of the discovery of Kabiru’s lifeless body at the substation. Eneromi revealed that the targeted transformer had suffered repeated acts of vandalism in the past, necessitating frequent repairs.”Just last week, we had restored the transformer after the community reported its vandalism. However, yesterday we received another report of attempted vandalism on the same transformer. In response, we promptly submitted a letter requesting approximately N1.9 million for its repair,” Eneromi explained.Furthermore, Eneromi emphasized that the electrocution incident absolved the firm from any allegations suggesting the involvement of their workers in the ongoing vandalism of electricity infrastructure within the state.”With 20 years of experience as a staff member of NEPA, AEDC, I confidently assert that our employees have never engaged in acts of vandalism. I am pleased that the public, along with the residents of Lokoja, can attest to this fact, thereby dispelling the unfounded accusations made against us,” Eneromi asserted.He went on to make a heartfelt appeal to the public, urging them to regard electricity infrastructure as their own and take responsibility for its protection. Eneromi called upon vigilante groups, security agencies, and members of the community to promptly notify AEDC authorities of any suspicious activities and ensure that only personnel carrying valid AEDC identity cards are granted access for maintenance purposes.At the time of this report, the deceased’s body had been transported to the mortuary of the Federal Teaching Hospital in Lokoja by the police, in collaboration with AEDC officials.


Ademola Adeyemi

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