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Community leader urges against tampering with electricity facilities

THE serene atmosphere of Enugwu-Agidi was in the early hours of Monday, thrown into grief as a 23 year old boy identified as Nduka  met his untimely death when he climbed a breadfruit tree to cut its branches and was electrocuted in the process.

National Light learnt that the deceased who hailed from Iruobieri village, Enugwu-Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area was hired by his neighbor (name withheld) to cut the branches of the tree which was directly under the electricity high tension wire.

The source disclosed that prior to the boy’s death, the staff of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Enugwu-Agidi unit had warned the family to cut the branches of the tree as it disturbs free flow of electric current which led the family to hiring the services of the deceased to cut down the branches to avert continuous warning of EEDC.

The incidence brought about wailing as family, friends and associates wept uncontrollably, describing the deceased as a quiet boy who mostly cared for his mother among his siblings.

The deceased has been deposited in the mortuary.

Reacting to the incidence, the President General, Enugwu-Agidi Brotherly Union (EBU), Chidi Okoye who described the incident as bitter, said the leadership of the union has been warning the villagers not to engage themselves in any responsibilities involving the EEDC because of the inherent dangers involved in playing around with electric light.

Chief Okoye disclosed that when the ugly incident happened, the EBU leadership summoned emergency meeting of all the village heads and repeated the warning to them, saying that anybody who has anything to do with electrical fittings, especially the high tension wire must get in touch with the EEDC member of staff in the community.

“That sad incidence was a lesson to everybody in the community. The boy just lost his life out of sheer carelessness. I believe that nobody will be foolish enough to attempt such act without involving the EEDC.”

The PG further explained that the deceased failed to consult the electricity committee chairman who could have informed the EEDC of his intention. “There is no need for civil unrest in the community as a result of the death.”

Effort to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra command was not successful as he did not pick his calls.

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