Suspected Cable Thief Electrocuted In Lagos

A suspected thief lost his life on Tuesday while allegedly vandalizing an electric cable on Eric Moore Road, in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

The unidentified suspect and his gang members had sneaked into the community’s transformer house to steal cables when the incident happened, Punch Metro reported.

It was gathered that the gang had earlier stolen the transformer cable about a week ago and plunged the community into darkness.

However, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company replaced the cable.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the hoodlums returned to vandalize the cable thinking that the distribution company had not connected it to the power source.

He said, “The residents of Eric Moore woke up on Tuesday to discover the remains of an electrocuted young man trying to steal a high tension electrical armoured cable. The unscrupulous elements stole the transformer cable about a week ago and the electric distribution company came around on Tuesday to replace it.

“The suspected thieves thought that the cable had not been connected to the power source yet and came back on Tuesday night to vandalize the newly replaced cable before one of them was electrocuted, while the others escaped.

The body of the victim was still there as of 4pm yesterday (Wednesday).”

The source told Punch correspondent that the family of the deceased, who came to the scene, left for fear of being harassed by an angry mob.

A spokesperson for the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Godwin Idemudia, confirmed the incident.

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