- The Nation
Jamilu Adamu, 35, was on Wednesday electrocuted at Kawon Maigari, Hotoro Area in Kano while trying to vandalise a fenced public transformer.
Mohammed Kandi, the spokesperson for Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), in a statement made available to The Nation, said the deceased was found stone dead with some tools including sizes 17 and 20 ring and flat spanner in his possession.
He also quoted the company’s Head of Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Aminu Abubakar as saying, “at the time the Police evacuated the corpse, one of the HV Bushings of the Transformer was loosened from the base, indicating the intention to vandalize the Transformer by removing the Bushings, and possibly the armored cable, as well.”
According to Abubakar, “Judging by the whitish burn on his palm and a huge open gash on his left arm, it is highly likely that power was restored while he was operating, resulting in electric shock, and the ceramic insulator of the bushing shattering to cause the wound on his arm.”
However, an eyewitness said that the deceased was seen loitering around the substation area three days earlier, saying “when he was approached, he told residents that he was there to visit his relative.”