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Suspected cable thief electrocuted in Edo
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Tue, 16 Apr 2024   ||   Nigeria,

A suspected electric cable vandal has been electrocuted in Benin, Edo State. The yet-to-be-identified middle-aged man met his untimely death while trying to vandalize cables of a transformer belonging to BEDC Electricity Plc.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, 16 April, along Airport Road, Benin.

The suspect had succeeded in cutting some of the cables before he got electrocuted.

The incident drew the attentions of passers-by as many were seen raining curses on the deceased for being the one responsible for their perpetual darkness, adding that he, at last has met his waterloo.

One of the residents of the area, who identified himself simply as Emmanuel, blamed the action of the deceased on get-rich-quick syndrome.

He noted that despite lossing his life, the deceased still succeeded in putting the entire community in total darkness.

The Acting Head, Corporate Communications of BEDC Electricity Plc, Mrs Evelyn Gbiwen, lamented what she described as incessant act of energy theft and vandalism of the company’s facilities within its franchise states of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti.

She said despite the company’s regular warning to the members of the public to desist from vandalism and energy theft, she wonders why people still indulge themselves in it.

Gbiwen who said that people must learn to desist from it because the act is so dangerous, noted that the singular act of this vandal, has thrown the entire community into total darkness.

She therefore appealed to residents in where BEDC’s facilities are located to be vigilant and help safeguard them from vandals so that the company can serve them better.




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