NERC be­gins probe of Abuja elec­tro­cu­tion in­ci­dence

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Act­ing Chair­man of the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC), Dr An­thony Akah, week­end, vis­ited the place where three per­sons were elec­tro­cuted and oth­ers in­jured in Tudun Wada area of Lugbe, in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory-Abuja.

The fa­tal in­ci­dence oc­curred on the pre­vi­ous Satur­day when a con­duc­tor from a trans­former went up in flames and caused a power surge across house­holds at An­guwan Tiv area of the com­mu­nity.

Akah, who led some top of­fi­cials of the com­mis­sion and Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC), said that the visit was made to com­mis­er­ate with the sur­vivors and fam­i­lies of the three de­ceased per­sons while in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the causes of the ac­ci­dent con­tin­ued.

NERC also di­rected the AEDC to set­tle the med­i­cal ex­penses of the vic­tims.

Con­se­quently, the AEDC, yes­ter­day, in a state­ment it is­sued, said that it would be re­spon­si­ble for the treat­ment of the vic­tims.

The state­ment also said that the AEDC had con­sti­tuted an eight-man in­ves­tiga­tive team to look into the mat­ter.

Mean­while, the AEDC Di­rec­tor, Risk and Com­pli­ance, Mr Collins Chabuka, said: “For the avoid­ance of doubt, we need to state that pre­lim­i­nary re­ports on the in­ci­dent con­firmed that three peo­ple died, while two per­sons were treated and im­me­di­ately dis­charged and a third per­son is still re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.”

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