Three men docked for causing electrocution of “fake NEPA official”

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According to the police, the deceased fell down from the pole after being electrocuted and died on the spot.

The police on Monday arraigned three traders in a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, for negligently causing the death of a man through electrocution.

Tony Erebe, Nwaokocha Buddie and Abiden Arinola, who reside in Tundun-Wada, Lugbe, Abuja, were alleged to have jointly asked the victim, Tofar Bian, 30, to climb an electric pole in the area to repair their light.

The prosecutor, Paul Anigbo, told the court that Tijani Olabode of the same address lodged a report against the accused at the Lugbe Police Station on May 18.

According to the police, the deceased fell down from the pole after being electrocuted and died on the spot.

According to the prosecutor, instead of the accused persons to follow the right channel by going to officials of the defunct NEPA (now electricity companies); they went through a short cut.

Mr. Anigbo said the accused persons committed the offence of joint act and negligent conduct contrary to the Penal Code.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty.

Oladimeji Felix, counsel to the accused persons, applied for their bail, praying the court that the 1999 Constitution presumed them innocent until the contrary was proven.

Senior Magistrate Simisola Adeniyi admitted the accused to bail for N100,000 each with two sureties.

According to the magistrate, the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means and must live within the court’s jurisdiction.

She adjourned the matter until June 26, for hearing.

(NAN)


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