Lagos, Nigeria – The Police Command in Lagos State has officially confirmed the tragic electrocution of two staff members of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) in Lagos. The incident occurred in the Obalende area of Lagos Island.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Hundeyin stated that the case was reported to the Lion Building Division of the command on Saturday at approximately 5:55 pm by another EKEDC staff member from Lagos Island.
According to the report, one of the victims, identified as Umaru, 51 years old, was allegedly electrocuted while digging to locate a faulty transformer cable at the P&T Obalende area. In a tragic turn of events, another colleague named Sunday Awaruwa, 48 years old, who attempted to rescue Umaru, was also electrocuted.
Upon receiving the report, detectives visited the scene, capturing photographs and rescuing the victims. They were immediately rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital, where they were tragically pronounced dead by the attending physician. The bodies of the deceased have been transferred to the IDH Morgue in Yaba for further examination through an autopsy. Investigations into the incident are currently underway.
The electrocution of the two EKEDC staff members highlights the dangers associated with working in the electricity distribution sector. The incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of adhering to strict safety protocols and the need for comprehensive training and equipment to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
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