30-Year Old Man Electrocuted In Abia While Allegedly Stealing Transformer Parts

A 30 year-old man identified as Chinenye Mark from Abaye Ohanze in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State was in the early hours of Sunday, July 3, 2022 killed while allegedly stealing component parts of a distribution transformer which supplies electric power to the area.

The incident occurred at about 3 am at a substation in Amaorji Ukwu, also in Obingwa LGA, belonging to the Aba Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Geometric Power which has the sole franchise to supply power to nine out of the 17 LGAs in Abia State.

Mark was well known by the moniker of Oto Na Gate.

He was allegedly tampering with the high tension wire without knowing that it was carrying electricity because the distribution transformer below the overhead wire was vandalized in January, according to Engineer Jude Efidi, a commercial manager with Aba Power, who disclosed that it plunged the community into prolonged darkness.

Eye witnesses said that Mark did not die immediately he came into contact with the high tension because he was screaming for help which attracted the attention of people in the vicinity.

“We saw this notorious guy who was on our pole with a torchlight, an iron cutter and a hammer, and we queried him on his mission by this time of the day”, stated a resident who did not want her name disclosed in the media.

“He was well burnt, and he came to steal with someone whose name he refused to reveal”, said another resident.

“We saw two shirts on the ground, with one belonging to his partner who escaped on hearing the sound of a big explosion from either the transformer or the feeder pillar.”

The news of Mark’s death spread quickly, drawing a large crowd.

The Ngwa Southern Police Division was quickly notified of the death, and they evacuated his remains to the G&P Mortuary on Ovom Road, Aba.

A senior police officer at the police station, who doesn’t want his name in print because he is not authorized to speak to the media on official matters, disclosed that security men are already on the trail of Mark’s partner.

“We will catch him soon”, he assured.

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