Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has warned that henceforth anyone caught assessing any of its facilities illegally would be prosecuted.
The warning followed the electrocution of 21-year-old electrician, Mutiu Aderemi, who met his sudden end while working on a low tension electric installation around Aleegun area of Ota Efun, Osogbo, Osun state.
Our correspondent learnt that Aderemi, who has an electrical shop in the area, was working on a pole around 8:03 pm on the unfortunate day when the pole broke and the cable fell on him.
Residents of the neighbourhood, where the incident happened, said that they heard noise and rushed out only to discover the lifeless body of the electrician.
“He was badly burnt and already dead when we arrived the scene. Police was later called and the body was evacuated. The remains of the deceased was later released and buried by his family”, a resident said.
Reacting to the development, the Communication and Branding Office of IBEDC for Osun Region, Kikelomo Owoeye said the company has been warning residents against tampering with its facilities.
According to her, “We have had lots of cases being handled by the police and NSCDC for us concerning those caught in the act of illegal access to our facilities, but we would be glad if communities will work with us by ensuring that their members are not engaging in this criminal act so as to avoid untimely death and loss of lives and property.
“IBEDC is ready to serve the customers better so if there are faults on their lines they should not hesitate to report to us. There are procedures to these technical operations people should exercise patience while we resolve any faults on their line rather than engaging any electrician who is not our staff and would not follow the procedure because we have our safety rules which those being hired might be ignorant of.”