Four people were electrocuted while four others sustained injuries on Tuesday following a midnight electric spark that swept through Gizagwai Village in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area, Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among those killed was a couple, Titus Shemang, and his wife. Also killed was Abba Kato, the Chairman of the Manchok Chapter of the Commercial Cyclists Associations, as well as one Isaac Jatau.
The former Editor-In-Chief of NAN, Shehu Abui, a traditional ruler in Moroa Chiefdom, told NAN that the incident resulted from “massive electric sparks” after a high tension wire snapped on a low tension one.
“The entire community is in deep shock; community and religious leaders have joined us at Gizagwai and we have been trying to console relations and well-wishers,’’ Mr. Abui told NAN.
Mr. Abui, who said that members of the Traditional Council had been conducted round the affected areas by the District Head of Gizagwai, Joshua Damina, said that the corpses of three of the victims had been deposited at the Kafanchan General Hospital.
“One other corpse has been taken to the Rural Hospital, Kaura,’’ he added.
Mr. Damina told NAN that the high tension distribution line from Kaura fell on the lower tension lines in Gizagwai, resulting in a generation of “intense current”, which caused a massive spark.
“Unfortunately, the residents tried to separate the lines and that resulted in the ugly incident.”
NAN learnt that the couple killed in the incident died together after the wife tried to extricate him from the current-carrying wires.
Joe Truman, the Secretary of the Moroa Traditional Council, confirmed the incident, and described it as a “very sad and unfortunate for the entire chiefdom”.
“We are deep in mourning and it is difficult to talk,” he said.
Mapunu Yohanna, a pastor of ECWA Church, Biniki, described it as “very terrible, devastating and sad”.
“I am right now at the affected area and it is just a great pity that this happened to our community,’’ he stated.
The Police Divisional Crime Officer for Manchok, Yusufu Mohammed, confirmed the incident, and said that he had just returned from the scene.
“The Kaura Divisional Divisional Police Officer (DPO) is aware of the incident and has detailed me to go and commiserate with the victims,’’ he said.