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Pregnant woman, 6 others electrocuted in Ibadan

26 June 2012, 07:28

 Ibadan - Seven persons including a pregnant woman and a nursing mother were electrocuted at Apata market in Ibadan on Monday.

An eye witness at the scene told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred when PHCN high tension transmission line wire fell on the victims.

The deceased were mostly vegetable dealers at the popular Agbekoja Section of the market.

The pregnant woman was identified as Mrs Tawa.

However, a one-year-old baby boy was rescued alive from the scene of the incident.

The boy’s mother, whose identity could not immediately be ascertained, was not as lucky as she was reported to had died from the impact of the live cable which fell directly on her.

Several other traders at the spot sustained injuries and were rushed to nearby hospitals.

Alhaji Lasisi Popoola, the Chairman, Ibadan South-West Local Government Community Development Council, expressed regrets over the incident.

He said it was the third time PHCN high tension wire at Apata were cut off and fell on people in the area.

He said that one person was killed in similar circumstances last year.

Meanwhile, the authorities of Ibadan South West Local Government Council had declared three days of mourning for the victims.

The incident had also led to temporary closure of Apata Market to enable PHCN management to carry out repair works on the high tension wire.

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