A young man was electrocuted early morning Tuesday while attempting to cut a high tension cable at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State.
The incident was said to have occurred around Faculty of Education building, closed to the Department of Economics of the university.
Daily Vendor gathered that the deceased was almost done cutting a high tension cable when power was suddenly restored by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and he got killed.
A source in the university who prefered anonymity said the deceased body was discovered by students hung on the cables.
“We came this morning and found the body suspended from the electric pole at a transformer point in the area of the new Faculty of Education building, close to the Department of Economics.
“Evidence showed he was almost done cutting a high tension cable before electricity was restored by the EEDC and he got electrocuted,” the source said.
As of the time of filing this report, EEDC officials, policemen and officials of the Safety Department of the institution were seen retrieving the lifeless body of the suspect from the electric pole where he was suspended.
The incident is coming barely a week after a man was electrocuted in a similar circumstance at a transformer in Amawbia, near Awka town.
The deceased reportedly stormed the area with members of his gang to vandalize electrical wire installations at the transformer infront of a hotel.
“While taking advantage of the 4-day power outage that affected the state capital to carry out the act, the deceased was however unlucky as light was restored by EEDC midnight while disconnecting the cables and was electrocuted,” a resident said.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, was yet to confirm the incident as of the time of filing the report.