A middle aged man suspected to be a cable thief was reportedly electrocuted while attempting to cut 300mm single core armored cable in Eket, Akwa Ibom State in the early hours of Tuesday.
In a release signed by the Manager, Corporate Communications officer of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, Mr. Jonah Iboma, the man who was simply identified in the area as Adaddy met his untimely death inside Grace Bill 500kv substation, under Qua River 11kv feeder.
Iboma said that the vandal, in an attempt to cut 300mm single core armored cable, died instantly when the lines exploded resulting to his electrocution.
Dismayed with the activities of vandals within PHED network, Iboma stated that these activities plunge the company’s esteemed customers into unwarranted darkness, noting that PHED had lost millions of naira arising from these shameful acts.
He particularly condemned the wanton destruction of PHED installations by the vandals accounting for the loss of over 150 transformers with other accessories in the system.
Iboma further advised community leaders and members of public to report anybody with suspicious movements around PHED installations especially at unholy hours.
“You have to help us fight these vandals by stopping and reporting any suspicious movement around PHED transformers to law enforcement agents because if you ignore such report, you may be in darkness,” Iboma said.
Meanwhile, the incident has been reported to the Divisional Police Station, Eket while the corpse of the suspected vandal has since been deposited at Emmanuel General Hospital, Eket.