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Power firm fined N18m over kid’s electrocution

10 November 2015, 16:11

Abuja - The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has imposed a fine of N18million on Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over the electrocution of eight-year old Faith Yakubu at Anguwan Dodo, Gwagwalada, the Federal Capital Territory which is within the firm’s distribution franchise area.

The accident occurred when a worker of AEDC disconnected the wire feeding the Yakubus’ residence over allegation of accumulated bills and left the wire lying on the ground even as he failed to disconnect supply from the transformer.

Also read: Man electrocuted to death in Ebonyi

The deceased was said to be running an errand with the surviving four month old baby boy strapped on her back, grabbed the wire in an attempt to cross over the naked wire when she got electrocuted.

In a resolution, NERC uphold the recommendations of its Panel Report of Accident Investigation which found the distribution company (DISCo) liable of negligence.

The DISCo was directed to carry out regular safety enlightenment campaign in accordance with the Nigeria Electricity Safety Manual and Nigeria Electricity Safety Code.

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