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Man Electrocuted While Stealing Cables From Local Transformer

Man Electrocuted stealing cables
Man Electrocuted While Stealing Cables From Local Transformer

A suspected cable thief has been electrocuted after an alleged attempt by him to steal and vandalize a transformer in Benin, Edo State.

The yet-to-be-identified middle-aged man met his demise while trying to vandalize the cables of a transformer belonging to Benin Electric Distribution Company (BEDC).

The suspect had succeeded in cutting some of the cables before he got electrocuted in the early hours of Tuesday, 16 April, along Airport Road, Benin.

Passers-by as were seen raining curses on the deceased for being the one responsible for their perpetual darkness, adding that he, at last, has met his untimely death.

Man Electrocuted stealing cables

One of the residents of the area, who identified himself simply as Emmanuel, blamed the action of the deceased on get-rich-quick syndrome.

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According to him, despite his death, he still succeeded in putting the entire community in total darkness.

Evelyn Gbiwen, acting Head of corporate Communications of BEDC Electricity Plc, lamented what she described as an incessant acts of energy theft and vandalism of the company’s facilities within its franchise states of Edo, Delta, Ondo, and Ekiti.

She said, according to News Agency of Nigeria that, despite the company’s regular warning to the members of the public to desist from vandalism and energy theft, people still indulge themselves in it.

Gbiwen who said that people must learn to desist from such a dangerous path, noted that the “singular act of this vandal, has thrown the entire community into total darkness”


She therefore appealed to residents in where BEDC’s facilities are located to be vigilant and help safeguard them from vandals so that the company can serve them better.


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