Man Electrocuted On High Tension Pole In Bayelsa

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A man simply identified as Amas lost his life in Saturday when he got electrocuted while working on a high tension pole in Ekeki Community, near the Police Divisional Headquarters along Azikoro Road in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The deceased who was not a staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) but lives in the neighborhood was on the pole to connect clients to the high tension before the incident which took his life occurred.

Residents of the area told newsmen that due to the poor power supply in the state, most people preferred connection to the federal line with assurance of daily 12 to 13 hours power supply.

The deceased who is a father of two, from Nembe local government area of the state was said to have been stuck for hours before officials of the PHCN came to his rescue.

A resident of Azikoro Road, Micheal Orubo, who witnessed the incident described the deceased as easy going who does electrical work in the neighbourhood to care for his family.

He said, “Amas lives on our street, and he does most of the connection work in this area. Why has death come to him in such a way? He just left us where we were playing chess game, and said he was coming back but never returned.

“He was easy going, who will care for the two kids he has left behind. The monies he gets from this electric connections is what he manages to feed his family with. What manner of death is this? Someone we were with throughout this period of rain, so he left to fix the connection immediately after the rain.”

Another resident said, “He just passed me not more than five minutes, immediately after the rain stopped. The next thing I heard people screaming, we rushed to the scene of the incident but we couldn’t help it, because he was wearing a belt, so it held him tight to the pole, there was nothing the people could do because we were all scared and it was still raining.”

Workers from Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) later came and removed the lifeless body after being hang on the the pole for hours.

Police spokesman in Bayelsa State, ASP Musa Muhammed, could not be reached for confirmation as he was not picking his calls as at the time of filing the report.

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