Fear of not staying under PHCN electric wire is beginning of wisdom. Story of eletrocution below is sad one but it is preventable
Expectant mother, four
others electrocuted in Ibadan
Expectant mother, four
others electrocuted in
By Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan 1 hour ago
â€¢One-year-old baby rescued
Five women, including an expectant mother,
were yesterday electrocuted in Agbekoja
Market, Apata, Ibadan South West Local
Government Area of Oyo State.
The traders were transacting businesses at the
vegetable section of the farmersâ€™ market when
a high-tension wire suddenly fell on them,
killing the five women.
A one-year-old baby boy was, however,
rescued alive from the back of his dead
The Chairman of the local government,
Taofeek Adeleke, has declared a three-day
mourning and ordered the market shut to
prevent a breakdown of law and order.
The ever busy market was empty yesterday.
Members of the community and the traders
were protesting the alleged insensitive
attitude of Power Holding Company of Nigeria
(PHCN) workers to their complaints.
At the Garden of Eden Hospital, Apata, where
the victims were treated, the Chief Medical
Director (CMD), Dr. David Olayiwola,
confirmed the death of the five women. He
said another patient was treated for minor
shock and discharged.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge
of Apata Police Station, Mr Agboola Abiodun,
urged protesters to avoid breaching public
Alhaji Rafiu Raji, who is the Chairman of
Apata Market Tradersâ€™ Association, said: â€œI
was praying in the mosque at about 5.30am
when we heard an unusual noise.
â€œWhen we rushed out to find out what was
wrong, we were shocked to see five
electrocuted bodies. We were informed that
two others had been rushed to a nearby
He described the incident as a shock.
One of the rescuers and a commercial
motorcycle rider, who gave his name as
Adewale, said: â€œWhen we got here, we found
the live wire on one of the women and felt the
need to save her as she was struggling. We
used a piece of dry wood to remove the wire
and rushed her to a hospital with four others.â€
The traders alleged that they had lodged
several complaints at the Apata Business Unit
of PHCN on the weak cables in the market.
They said the electricity company did not
respond to their complaints.
In a statement by the Principal Manager,
Public Affairs of the Ibadan Electricity
Distribution Company of PHCN, Mr Jide
Oyenuga, the company expressed regret over
The statement reads: â€œThe accident, according
to information available to us, involved loss of
lives (five persons confirmed dead).
â€œWhile the company sympathises with the
government and people of Oyo State on the
loss of lives, we once again remind the public
of the Town and Regional Planning Law, which
stipulates that the mandatory distance of
5.5metres, 15.5metres, and 25metres must be
observed as setbacks in relation to low
tension, 11KV and 33KVA lines, to avoid any
form of accident in the event of line failures.
â€œThe public should bear in mind that these
electric materials are persistently exposed to
â€˜mother natureâ€™ which makes them vulnerable
to wear and tear. An accident can happen
without notice within technical limitations.â€
A youth leader, Wahab Bamidele (aka Wabo),
led other youths on a rescue mission.
Police spokeswoman Ol