IBEDC Staff Electrocuted in Ibadan

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Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

A staff member of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. Adewale Adegoke has been electrocuted to death around Onireke in Ibadan North West local government area of Oyo state.

Adegoke’s death was revealed in a statement the management of the distribution company issued yesterday in Ibadan, describing the incident as sad and unfortunate.

The statement read in part: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we at IBEDC hereby confirm the unfortunate passing of our staff, Mr. Adewale Adegoke during the course of duty this morning as he was involved in an electricity related incident.

“He was confirmed dead at Teju Hospital where he was rushed immediately after the incident at Onireke after all efforts to resuscitate him at the scene of the accident proved abortive.

“Our sincere condolence and prayers go to the family. We are currently investigating the course of this unfortunate incident.”

THISDAY checks revealed that the power supply to areas such as Dugbe business district, Onireke quarters, Adamasingba, Sabo and suburbs, was faulty on Friday afternoon.

Consequently, it was gathered, officials of the power distribution company, in vain, made frantic effort to trace the fault and correct it.

But an IBEDC official who preferred anonymity, said the officials left Mokola early in the morning to the Onireke axis where the Adegoke detected the fault.

The official said Adegoke “was working on the high tension cables, which normally comprises three wires when he was suddenly trapped and electrocuted. Help did not come on time. He was there for almost 30minutes

“He was an experienced officer and the job was not an illegal type. It was duly communicated to the control room where they must have secured the power outage before effecting correction on the high tension.”