EEDC staff electrocuted during illegal operation in Onitsha

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A middle aged man, Mr Morris Nonyia, has been electrocuted at Ojedi street by Mbah junction, Inland town Onitsha, Anambra State.

Nonyia, a staff of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) was allegedly on illegal operation when the incident occurred.

The deceased, a native of Inyi in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State and an Operation Technician at EEDC office, GRA, Onitsha, was said to have recently gained promotion after weeklong training in Enugu.

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A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said the deceased was working at power installations in the area when electric power supply was restored, leading to his electrocution.

The Nation gathered he was rushed to hospital, where he was certified dead and his remains deposited at the Onitsha General hospital mortuary.

When contacted, Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate and regrettable.

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He however disclosed the job that took his life was not what he was hired to do by EEDC, adding that the matter was being investigated.

He said: “I can confirm to you that the deceased was on an illegal operation when the unfortunate incident happened.

“The job he was carrying out when he met his death was not what he was hired for. He is a staff of Key Customer Group (KCG) team, and their function is more of customer relationship management, and does not in any way entail or warrant meddling with the network, not to talk of climbing the pole.

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“It is very unfortunate and sad that he had to loose his life in such a careless manner.”

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