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PHCN high-tension power line killed 5 people in Ibadan Oyo state

« on: June 26, 2012, 03:30:39 AM »  (Read 2897 times)
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  • 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

    •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 farmers’ 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 Traders’ Association, said: “I
    was praying in the mosque at about 5.30am
    when we heard an unusual noise.
    “When 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: “When 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.”
    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 incident.
    The statement reads: “The accident, according
    to information available to us, involved loss of
    lives (five persons confirmed dead).
    “While 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.
    “The public should bear in mind that these
    electric materials are persistently exposed to
    ‘mother nature’ which makes them vulnerable
    to wear and tear. An accident can happen
    without notice within technical limitations.”
    A youth leader, Wahab Bamidele (aka Wabo),
    led other youths on a rescue mission.
    Police spokeswoman Ol


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