A man identified as Kabiru Ismaila, a suspected vandal, has been electrocuted while trying to steal a transformer cable in the Adamo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Newsnaija gathered that Ismaila led some hoodlums to Owu Ikosi Street in Agbowa to steal the transformer jumper cable, which supplied power to the community.
While vandalizing the transformer, he was said to have been electrocuted.
A resident, who simply identified himself as Seun, said other members of the gang fled the scene after Ismaila gave up the ghost.
Seun, said, “Some hoodlums came to vandalize the transformer. As they cut the jumper cable, one of them became electrocuted, the rest quickly ran away. The matter was reported to the police, during an investigation, they found a jumper cable in a house around the place.”
The report gathered says eight suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.
One of them, Isiaku Ibrahim, 32, denied involvement in the act, adding that he did know Ismaila.
The 32-year-old said, “I don’t know why I was arrested and I don’t know the person that died. We were inside the room sleeping and not aware of what was going on when the person that did the operation was electrocuted. So, they entered our room, tore our clothes, and arrested us.”
Felix Ofulue, The Head of Corporate Communications of Ikeja Electric, who confirmed the incident, urged residents to protect electric facilities in their areas.
Ofulue, said, “We have come to know that the rate of vandalism on our network is becoming alarming. We have been collaborating with security agencies to ensure that we bring all these vandals to justice, but we are encouraging residents of various communities to put extra measures in place to safeguard these assets.
This is because the resultant effects always affect them and the replacement of these vandalized transformers also derails our plan because funds that we are supposed to use for upgrading our facilities will be used to replace stolen cables and other assets.”
Muyiwa Adejobi, The state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrests, adding that the command had commenced a further investigation.