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Vandal dies in bid to steal cable in Lagos

By Michael Akodu, Lagos

A yet to be identified man was on Tuesday morning electrocuted when he tried to steal electricity cable in Balogun area of Lagos Island.

Nemesis caught up with the middle aged man when he tried to steal transformer cable belonging to Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) as he got electrocuted when electricity supply was restored to the equipment.

Confirming the development was the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the company, Mr Godwin Idemudia when he spoke to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday at the scene of the incidence.

Idemudia stated that the incident occurred at Balogun Street, Akpongbon on Lagos Island, around 2a.m when the vandal was cutting the transformer cable and, suddenly, electricity supply was restored to the area.

He said that the police and members of the Community Development Association (CDA) in the area had since removed the victim’s corpse from the substation.

“This is why we always appeal to our consumers to always protect their transformers. If the vandal had made away with the cable, the whole area would have been plunged into darkness for days. The company has been spending a lot of money on repair of vandalised equipment and stolen cables.

“If all our installations are well secured, this money would have been spent on buying new equipment and ensuring regular power supply,” he said.


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