There was pandemonium at
the Tundunwada area of Lugbe, a satellite town in the Federal Capital
Territory when a transformer exploded and electrocuted six persons,
including a pregnant woman who recently moved into her house in the
About four persons were also said to have been injured
during the incident, including a six-year-old boy, Destiny Okolo, who
suffered injuries on his face and left ear.
PUNCH Metro learnt
that the transformer was on fire for about 10 minutes during which it
sent devastating electric current to some residential apartments in the
Our correspondent, who visited the community on Tuesday, gathered that the incident happened around 9pm on Saturday.
Electricity Distribution Company officials were seen investigating the
incident and pacifying the residents in the locality.
indicate that the pregnant woman, whose name could not be immediately
ascertained, wanted to switch off her fan when she was electrocuted. Her
son was said to have raised the alarm which alerted her neighbours to
The lad was said to have been taken to a Catholic
church pending when his father, who is a resident in Lagos, would arrive
Geoffrey Atoh, 24, whose friend, Joseph Terva, was
electrocuted, explained that the victim was about stepping out of his
apartment when he was killed.
“We were outside when the
transformer exploded and started burning for about 10 minutes. Everyone
was afraid and started running helter-skelter. It was later that I heard
that my friend, Joseph, was electrocuted. We rushed down to his house
and found that he had died,” Atoh explained.
Donald Dooga, who
lost his brother, Joseph Moses, 22, told our correspondent that his
sibling died before they could get him to the hospital.
said Moses was electrocuted as he was about changing the fuse of his
electricity switchboard when he saw the blaze from the transformer.
said, “When Joseph saw the explosion and the huge fire from the
transformer, he rushed to the switchboard to change the fuse, but he was
electrocuted in the process. Somebody told me that my brother had been
electrocuted, so, we rushed him to the hospital, but he died on the
He said the deceased had just completed his secondary
school education and was working as a barber to raise money to further
“We have informed our parents in Benue and we will take him there for burial soon,” he added.
Destiny was recuperating at home when our correspondent visited, but
his father said he had spent over N11,000 on medical bills.
His mother said she was on the verandah when she felt electricity current passing through the floor tiles.
attempted to run from the house, but the electric current injured
Destiny in the face and behind the ear. Another person, Edwin Joseph,
was also injured in the waist,” she said.
A survivor, Donald
Terlumun, said he was dozing in his room when screams outside. He added
that his room was vibrating and as he made to leave the house, he was
jolted by the electric current.
He said, “As I made to step out,
the door shocked me and threw me against the wall. I shouted and made
for the door again and the next thing was that I was flung outside where
I hit my face on the ground. I later opened my eyes to find myself in
Terlumun who had a swollen face and some cuts, stated that he had spent N20,800 on hospital bills.
neighbour, Nathaniel Nyinjo, blamed the AEDC for the incident, saying
they had visited the community and promised to compensate the injured.
said, “The AEDC has already admitted its fault and promised to visit us
during the Sallah holiday. But if they failed to compensate the injured
and the families of the deceased, they should forget about restoring
power around here and we will take them to court.”
Another survivor, Pius Moses, who was injured in both feet, said he had spent N14,500 to treat his injuries.
were conflicting reports about the number of the dead. While a
community leader, Felix Omeje, put the number of the dead at six, the
community’s chief security officer, Geoffrey Ukeje, said he personally
took three dead bodies to the hospital, noting that only four persons
Omeje blamed the AEDC for the tragedy, attributing the explosion to a wrong connection by the power firm.
Head, Corporate Communications and Community Relations, AEDC, Mr.
Oyebode Fadipe, said investigation had commenced into the incident.
declined to speak about compensations for the victims until the cause
of the accident had been established and a decision taken by the