…As Auto crash claims 2, injures 6 persons also, in Anambra***
A middle-aged man identified as Nduka Emeziagbala was on Friday electrocuted, at Enugwu-Agidi community in Anambra State, while attempting to cut the branches of a breadfruit tree, he was hired to cut, under electricity high tension cable in the community.
Sources in the community this morning, said the decease “cared for his mother more than his siblings’’, was hired, and while on the tree, was believed to have had contact with something bearing electricity current while on the tree trying to shed the branches, and got electrocuted, and fell off and died.
An eyewitness said that the deceased from Iruobieri village, was given the job following the warning by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on the dangers of the tree.
The company had said that it was necessary to cut down the tree to ensure free flow of electricity current on the wires.
“In the process, the young man was hired to cut down branches of the tree because of the repeated warning from officers of the EEDC,” the source said.
Another source, who noted how the incident had thrown the entire community in Njikoka Local Government Area into mourning, described the deceased as “a quiet young man, who cared for his mother more than his siblings’’.
In his reaction, President-General of Enugwu-Agidi Brotherly Union (EBU), Mr Chidi Okoye, described the incident as regrettable, but blamed it on carelessness of the deceased.
Okoye said the leadership of the union had earlier engaged some villagers on the need to allow EEDC to cut down the tree due to the inherent dangers it posed.
“It is unfortunate that the young man died in that manner. We expected that there would have been a proper communication with the EEDC before cutting down the tree.
“He just lost his life out of sheer carelessness. The sad incident is a lesson to everybody in the community,” he said.
Okoye, however, cautioned youths in the area not to take laws into their hands, advising that there was no need for civil unrest in the community as a result of the incident.
He disclosed that the deceased’s body had been deposited in a mortuary in the community.
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed said the case was yet to be reported to the police.
Mohammed, however, said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area notified him that the deceased did not die of electrocution.
“Investigation revealed that the deceased fell from Ukwa (breadfruit) tree and became unconscious.
“He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
“But, the matter was not officially reported to the police,” he said.
Meanwhile, an accident involving two vehicles on Enugu-Onitsha expressway in Anambra on Friday has claimed the lives of two persons, leaving six others seriously were injured.
Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra, who confirmed the incidence, said it occurred at Nteje on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.
Kumapayi said the vehicles involved were a yellow coloured Innoson hiace bus with no registration number and an ash coloured Toyota shuttle bus with registration number DED 308 YC.
According to him, the crash occurred as a result of wrongful overtaking and speeding.
The sector commander said 13 persons including 10 males and three females were involved in the accident.
“An accident occurred at Nteje near Awkuzu Junction on Enugu-Onitsha at about 12.30 p.m this afternoon and our rescue team arrived at the scene six minutes after we were contacted.
“Two persons, all males were killed and six persons, five males and one female were injured.
“The cause of the accident was wrongful overtaking and speeding,’’ he said.
The sector commander said the deceased persons were confirmed dead at a private hospital and the bodies had been deposited at the morgue.