By Danny Alfred
An unidentified middle aged man, suspected to be a member of a gang specialised in vandalismÂ of Power Holding Company of Nigeriaâ€™s ( PHCN) installation has been electrocuted to death. The suspect died last Tuesday, after he neatly cut off a 3-core armored up riser cable serving 7-up bottling company and environs from the ground and later climbed the High Tension (H.T) pole.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Principal Manager, Public Affairs of the company Mr Pekun Adeyanju, which was made available to Vanguard in Lagos.
Adeyanju stated further that unknown to the deceased there was live current on the line and as a result placed his stomach on the live wire which threw him off the pole and he died instantly.His fellow culprits who saw him die, took to their heels leaving no footprint for any form of identification.â€œHis body was discovered by a passer by who alerted the PHCN officials.â€ he said.
In a reaction to the incident, Chief Executive Officer, PHCN Ikeja zone, Engineer Chris Akammonu said that the incident was both fortunate and unfortunate, stating that the incident has helped PHCN in apprehending one of those who are behind the vandalism of PHCN installation in recent time, and that it was unfortunate because a young Nigerian has lost his life in the process. He further said that parents should caution their children against tampering with PHCN facilities because it could easily lead to loss of life.
Also he said that gone are those days when hoodlums tamper with PHCN facilities due to power outages, owning to the fat that electricity supply is now more stable.
The chief executive officer further disclosed that in the past three month, 62 transformer substations had been vandalized in the zone with its financial loss valued at over N30 million naira. This resulted to the mobilisation of vigilante groups to keep watch over PHCN installation in the locality as the vandals instill socio-economic problem on the community.He further said that during a visit to the commissioner of police, he had offered to set up a special task force on vandalism of PHCN properties.