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  • Updated: June 22, 2024

Transformer thief electrocuted in Benue

Transformer thief electrocuted in Benue

A young man, who is yet to be recognised, has been electrocuted near the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) facility in Otukpo, Benue State's local government headquarters.

The alleged burglar had finished vandalising a transformer on a high-tension pole before being electrocuted when the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) restored electricity.

Allnews.ng gathered that the incident occurred late Friday.

On Saturday morning, the lifeless body was discovered swinging from a high-tension pole, and a large crowd gathered around it.

Electricity distribution authorities were called to the scene and the process of removing the suspect's corpse from the electric pole was in procedure. 

According to a source: "We came this morning and found the body suspended from the electric pole at a transformer with tools in his hand."

Meanwhile, the residents of Gesse III, Bayan Oando in Birnin Kebbi, have applauded the Kebbi State Governor, Nasir Idris, for donating a new transformer to replace the desolate one in the community.

Receiving the transformer at the headquarters of the Rural Electrification Board in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital on Friday, the Ward Head of the community, Alhaji Faruk Hamisu, appreciated the Governor for the gesture.

He said the Governor's support was timely, adding that it came at a time when the community had been thrown into a long period of darkness due to the desolate nature of the old one.

Hamisu equally applauded the Governor for his continuous timely response to issues that affect the people of the state.

He said: "The new transformer will help solve the problems which the old transformer has caused and for which the area has been battling to solve given the difficulties inherent in it."

Yahaya Sarki, the Governor's Spokesperson disclosed this in a statement on Friday, adding that the State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed Birnin Kebbi was one of the benefiting elders of the community.

The Commissioner said the Governor Idris-led administration "is a people-oriented government elected into office on the crest of its promises to make life better for the people."

He further urged the community to guard and protect the transformer and ensure its judicious use and appealed to them to support the government in its commitment to fulfil all its promises to the people.

The Commissioner also assured the people of the state of the commitment of the Governor Idris-led administration "to easing the problems of the people through responsive, transparent and pro-people governance."

According to the Governor's Spokesperson, those present at the handing-over process were directors of the Rural Electricity Board, REB, including the Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Illela and the Secretary of the Bayan Oando Development Association, Alhaji Umar Faruk among others.

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