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  • Crime - Bayelsa
  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Father of two dies on high-tension pole in Bayelsa

Father of two dies on high-tension pole in Bayelsa

Victim of electrocution

A man identified as Amas, a father of two, died while working on a high-tension pole in Ekeki community, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, near the Police Divisional Headquarters on Azikoro Road.

According to reports, Amas, who was not an employee of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, but lived in the neighbourhood, was on the pole to connect clients to the national grid when he was electrocuted.

Residents disclosed that due to the poor power supply in the state, many people preferred the federal line, which guarantees 12 to 13 hours of power daily.

Amas, who hailed from Nembe Local Government Area, was reportedly stuck on the pole for hours before PHCN officials arrived. Unfortunately, he was already dead by the time they reached him.

Michael Orubo, a resident of Azikoro Road who witnessed the incident, described Amas as an easy-going person who did electrical work to support his family.

“He was an easygoing man. Who will take care of the two kids he has left behind? The money he got from these electric connections was what he usually managed to feed his family. What manner of death is this?”

Another resident, who gave his name only as Ebi said: “He just passed me not more than five minutes; immediately after the rain stopped. 

“The next thing I heard was people screaming. We rushed to the scene of the incident but we couldn’t help it, because he was wearing a belt. So, it held him tight to the pole. There was nothing onlookers could do because they were all scared as it was still raining.”

An official of the PHCN later came and removed the lifeless body after being hung on the pole for hours.

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