A suspected vandal identified simply as Ezekiel was electrocuted while trying to steal a high-tension wire in the Utako area of the Federal Capital Territory.
A commercial driver, who asked to be identified only as Hassan, told Punch on Sunday, December 4, 2022, that Ezekiel sustained severe burns from the incident which happened on Saturday night,
“A man known as Ezekiel, was electrocuted. He wanted to steal a wire from the high tension belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and in the process of doing that he was electrocuted,” Hassan said.
“We heard the sound of an electrical spark in the night and also heard the scream of the man. If not for the fact that saw, plier, and torchlight scattered on the ground, I would have thought that he wanted to commit suicide. But with those tools, he went there on a mission. The man was lucky he did not die, but he sustained multiple burn injuries,” he added.
The spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident on Monday.
“Our men while on patrol came in contact with him; he had severe burns, and they rushed him to the Wuse General Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. He will definitely be prosecuted but we will wait till he fully recovers. His tools are in our custody.” she stated.