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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

Bayelsa: Generator fumes claim seven lives in music studio

Bayelsa: Generator fumes claim seven lives in music studio

Seven persons were found dead on Tuesday inside a music studio in Bayelsa State after inhaling what is suspected to be generator fumes.

The music studio along Transformer Road in the Amarata axis of Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa was operated by one of the deceased identified as Akpos Barakubo.

The deceased was believed to be working in the studio on Monday night but fell asleep due to exhaustion without putting off the generator resulting in the sad incident.

Six corpses were discovered in the morning and a seventh one who was unconscious was rushed to the hospital but later gave up.

It was gathered that many of the deceased were undergraduate students of the Niger Delta University who were into music.

Security operatives have cordoned off the area while the corpses have been evacuated to the mortuary.

Damion Asamonye, a resident of the area, blamed the federal and state governments as well as the Port Harcourt Power Electricity Distribution Company for their death saying if there was adequate power supply, there would not have been any need for the generator.

Asamonye lamented the situation in Bayelsa State where the electricity distribution company would only bring power when they wanted to collect bills and took it away shortly after customers had paid their bills.

He said, “Both the federal and state governments have failed us; if there was a public power supply, maybe these people wouldn’t have lost their lives in this circumstance.

“Seven able-bodied young men just died like that because of the failure of government; the most annoying thing is that tomorrow, the PHED personnel will come with a ladder to disconnect light that they are not supplying. How can people be spending their money on fueling generators despite the current hardship in Nigeria even after paying light bills?”

Another resident, Joy Reuben, said the neighbourhood woke up on Tuesday morning to witness the tragic incident and called on the government to ensure that there was adequate power supply in the state so that citizens would not be allowed to die in such circumstances again.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Musa Muhammed, promised to find out and call back.

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