By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has sympathised with the families of two persons electrocuted in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The General Manager, Corporate Communication of AEDC Mr Oyebode Fadipe, made this known yesterday, while speaking on issues that led to the electrocution of two persons at the Global System for Communication (GSM) village in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
It would be recalled that on Aug.17, two people, including a mobile phone repairer, were electrocuted by a cable that allegedly dropped from the high-tension line at the Global System for Communication (GSM) village in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The incident occurred when the phone repairer, Junaudu Iliyasu Shaibu, went for his tools unknown to him that a live electricity cable fell around the environment while the second victim, a passerby, met his death while attempting to rescue Junaidu.
The general manager said that the company sympathized with the families of the victims while calling on Nigerians to always take precautionary measures against electricity in their interest and for the overall development of the country.
”On two people that were electrocuted in Keffi including a mobile phone repairer, it was unfortunate, we really sympathized with them and their family members, this is a matter of life as it was painful.
” But the impression by some people that AEDC is negligent is not like that. We are not negligent as we wrote to the Keffi Local Government Council on the danger of trading close to high- tension line.
”And we also wrote to the Nasarawa State Urban Development to say that people are not suppose to be where they are.
”That is to draw their attention on the danger of trading under high tension line, this is what we are suppose to do and we have done that.
”We are not law enforcement agencies that will go and move them away there, ” he said.
According to him, we don’t enjoy it when people died as a result of electrocution or when they suffer any electrical accident.
”I think it is very important for us to understand the fact that electricity remains a very dangerous product that people must be careful about.
“They must listen to the advises of experts, when dealing with electricity at any point in time.Safety is a major issue for us in AEDC,” he said.
The general manager said that the company would continue to educate Nigerians on its activities for development to thrive.
” In any of our facility, you will see evidences of dangers, dangers that this is dangerous, ” he added.