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Nurse, student electrocuted in Benue power surge



Nurse, student electrocuted in Benue power surge

By Aboje Anefu, Makurdi

Two people have been reportedly electrocuted while three others sustained injuries at the Wadata area of Makurdi, Thursday, following a surge from the public power supply.

According to an eyewitness who confided in newsmen, a nurse working in a private hospital in Makurdi and a Junior Secondary School student were electrocuted while trying to disconnect their appliances from the power source when they discovered the surge.

A resident of the area who simply identified himself as Mike said that the people of the area suddenly experienced the sudden surge in the power supply which resulted in the unfortunate incident.

“As soon as we noticed high voltage, many people rushed to disconnect their appliances from the socket but in the process people were electrocuted.

Nurse, student electrocuted in Benue power surge

“A neighbour here who is a nurse was said to be using electric cooker when we experienced the high voltage but as she quickly went to disconnect it from the power source in the house she got electrocuted. So also a young boy who is a Junior Secondary School student,” Mike said.

He added that three others who were also affected have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

Confirming the incident, the Regional Manager of Jos Electricity Distribution Company, Felix Adamu, said that the community had reported the incident.

“Some people from the community have come here to report the case but we have not gone there to find out the root cause.

“All what they told is is what you have but because the people are restive and there is serious tension in the community they advised that we should not go there today.

“I know there was electrocution but I cannot comment on the cause until I go there to inspect it tomorrow (today). I have asked the community to take inventory and we are still waiting for them,” Adamu said.

When contacted, the State Command’s spokesperson, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident but said she was yet to get details.

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