Abuja Electricity Distribution Company To Pay N18m For Girl’s Death

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has been
sanctioned for negligence that resulted in the electrocution of an
eight-year-old girl, Faith Yakubu, at Anguwan Dodo, Gwagwalada, in the Federal
Capital Territory.
The electricit​​y distribution company was found guilty of
the offence and fined N18 million by the regulatory authority, the Nigerian
Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The Commission said the accident occurred when a staff of
AEDC disconnected the wires feeding the residence of one of its consumers over
alleged non-payment of accumulated electricity bills.

The disconnected electricity wires were left loosely on the
ground by a technical staff without disconnecting the source of electricity
supply from the transformer.
The Commission said little Faith had, unknown to her,
grabbed the naked wires with her bare hands in an attempt to cross over them
while running an errand for the parents.

The child was electrocuted along with a four-month-old boy
she strapped on her back.

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