A security guard, identified as  Uchenna Harrison aged 56, has been electrocuted while trying to pluck pawpaw from a tree at his workplace in the Abule Oshun area of Lagos State.

NEWSNAIJA learned that that the 56-year-old and four other security guards were on duty on Friday when he reportedly became hungry and without the knowledge of his colleagues, proceeded to the pawpaw tree Harrison placed a ladder on the tree and after climbing it, used an iron rod to pluck the fruit.

A resident, who gave his name Jubril Adesoji, said Harrison mistakenly used the iron rod to hit a naked wire which passed through the tree.

Adding that the  shock he suffered during the electrocution threw him away from the ladder and he landed on the ground. He died on the spot,”.

A source said Harrison’s remains were later found around the pawpaw tree.

The source said, “Initially, his colleagues were searching for him until one of them suggested that they should check him around the pawpaw tree. When they got there around 10pm, his corpse was found lying on the floor. About five of the security guards were on duty on that day. From what we gathered, his corpse was deposited in the Badagry General Hospital mortuary.”

CSP Muyiwa Adejobi,  the  state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident.

He said, “Investigation by the DPO, SP Olanrewaju Smith, revealed that he was using an iron rod to pluck some of the pawpaw on a tree located near an electric pole and was electrocuted. The corpse has been deposited in a mortuary.”