(UPDATED)Trader electrocuted after heavy downpour in Benin

(UPDATED)Trader electrocuted after heavy downpour in Benin

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A trader simply identified as Mrs. Emeka, has been reportedly electrocuted in a flood that hampered business activities for several hours in Benin City.

The incident occurred in Omo street, off Mission road in the State while the woman was taking her goods (provisions) to a nearby crowded warehouse, about 100 meters away from Akpakpava Street.

Two months ago, Mr. Matthew Omofomwan got electrocuted while trying to carryout repair on 11KVA transmission lines in Ugbowo, Egor Local Government Area of the State.

A wheelbarrow pusher (name withheld) who assisted her to take her goods to the warehouse, had successfully pulled to safety after the flood, after the victim was electrocuted by a fallen electricity cable.

He was said to have alerted her distraught husband (Mr. Emeka) who was waiting for her at their shop about the tragedy.

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, devastated shop owners in the locality held a meeting and resolved to close for one day in honour of the mother of one who passed recently.

A procession of Igbo traders on the same day who were clad in black attire, held a peaceful procession for the prayers and offered prayer for the safe return of the husband of the deceased who was said to have gone to formally notify the family of the calamity that has befall them.

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A trader who spoke to our Correspondent during a visit to the scene of crime, described the incident as unfortunate.

According to the middle-aged man, “The woman and her husband had closed for the day. While she was waking along with the wheelbarrow pusher to a warehouse after the heavy rainfall.

Suddenly, the woman was electrocuted, and died immediately. At the time the wheelbarrow pusher look back, the woman was motionless. He (wheelbarrow pusher) abandoned his wheelbarrow and alerted her husband at about 7p.m on that day. Crowd gathered and everyone was confused. I pity the woman and her husband who was heartbroken”, he said.

An official of BEDC, promised to open investigation into the tragedy.

“When it rain, we usually switch off light…We are investigating.

“The report has not been brought to our notice by our safety Department”, the official told our Correspondent.

Editor’s note: The featured photo was used to illustrate the report.

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