Toddler Walks into Open Transformer, Electrocuted

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Laleye Dipo in Minna

A four year old boy, Arafat Jibrin has been electrocuted in Minna the Niger State capital.

The sad incident occurred at the Senior quarters of the federal low cost housing estate in Maikunkele, few kilometers from Minna on Thursday evening.

According to an eyewitness, Arafat was said to have taken a water container and went in search of his sister who had gone to fetch water some 500 meters from their residence.

It was gathered that while in search for his sister the deceased strayed into an AEDC electric transformer and was instantly electrocuted.

It was said that a man that was passing by at the time noticed an unusual activity in the transformer causing him to raise the alarm.

However, THISDAY learnt that by the time assistance could reach the deceased he had been burnt beyond recognition.

THISDAY gathered that the remains of the little boy were taken from the transformer and buried according to Islamic rite same Thursday evening.

When contacted the Public Relations Officer of the Abuja Electricity Development Company AEDC Alhaji Adamu Muhammad confirmed the story describing the incident as “very sad.”

Adamu Muhammad said the Managing Director of the AEDC had already dispatched a high powered delegation led by Sule Muhammad which also included the General Manager of the organisation in Niger State, Mr. Geoffrey Abba to pay a condolence visit on the family of the deceased.

“We were in the residence of the family this morning (Friday) to condole them and pray for the repose of the soul of the departed soul,” Adamu Muhammad said.

Meanwhile sympathisers have been trooping to the family home of the deceased to condole with the parents.