Man electrocuted in Plateau State

A 38-year-old man was on Friday evening electrocuted at Payanm, Mangu Local Government Area of Central Plateau state at about 8:30 pm, a family member said.

This victim’s niece, Loveling Nanlop, told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday that her uncle died while “changing over” to a power generating set that had high voltage.

“He got electrocuted in the process of changing over power from PHCN to generator, when PHCN suddenly brought back light,” she said.

Ms. Nanlop said the victim died on the spot.

“The light shocked him and he died instantly. We are consoled about the fact that it happened outside the residence, the children were in the house but nothing happen to any of them. It could have been a disaster.”

There has been epileptic power supply of electricity within the area for the past few months.

Generally in the capital city of Jos, Plateau State, particularly the raining season, there have been reported cases of high voltages power supply by PHCN.

Meanwhile, most communities in the state have been experiencing epileptic power supply in spite of promises by authorities that power supply will stabilize in Nigeria before the second quarter of 2014.


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  • Lanre

    Thank you Premium Times for the measured Editorial. Obviously, due to your position in Nigeria and as a member of the print and electronic media you cannot afford to be partisan. I do not read any partisanship in your Editorial, hence my decision to contribute (hopefully in a meaningful way) to the on-going discourse. I will summarize my position and present it as a feedback which I presume can be used by those who need to consider salient factors affecting the peoples of Nigeria and the attendant issues of governance.

    1). The elections which just took place appear to be a scam. The resultant peace or quietude is borne out of fear of the alternative. A cursory analysis of the results shows quite clearly that massive rigging took place in the North, the South-South and the South-East. Matter of fact, Buhari did not need to have a majority of Yoruba votes to win this election. The North (using what I consider to be spurious numbers) have elected the President of Nigeria. Go through the results and you will confirm my position.

    2). This leads me to the next point. Which is that because Nigeria is a farce and this was made blatantly clear by Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and the other military officers who annulled the elections of June 12, 1993, nobody wants to inquire after the truth. Remember when sick Yar’adua was hidden from public view and Nigeria in the 21st century could not give an account of where its leader was. Whether dead or alive. Instead, masqueraders were jumping all over the place from Saudi Arabia to UK to Abuja breathing hellfire from their flared nostrils, thumping their feet, demanding respect as some statesman, the father of Nigeria. Where is the truth in this election? How could Kano, Kaduna and Katsina suddenly become major population centers? How did the APC score less than 5% of the votes in Rivers State? The state where the Governor is the Chairman of the Presidential Campaign Committee of the party and a member of the APC.

    This election was a lie; someone, mostly everyone wants to move on with their lives; mostly everybody wanted Jonathan out; anyone new will do.

    3). And this is the danger. Who or what do we now have? As your online editors would have noted, I am an unrepentant Yoruba Nationalist. To attest to the cultured disposition of Yorubas who are the most maligned, abused and maltreated ethnic group in Nigeria (just for the sake of keeping Nigeria united), results from the Yoruba States were the first to be announced. The results were equally balanced between APC and PDP because there was obviously no room for rigging. Yorubas are a politically mature people and we continue to suffer under the imposition of a Nigerian state. The Igbos fought from 1966-1970 to be free from Nigeria but failed largely on Military Grounds. Today, the Igbos have not failed because Biafra is not dead. Today, the Niger Delta has a militant group, tired of the usurpation of their resources by a group who make no effort to improve their environment or develop infrastructure in their societies.

    4). The point that I have raised is that a Buhari Presidency continuing in the same old, structural fashion is a failure and will atrophy. As a regular contributor to your online medium, I make two suggestions to General Buhari and his handlers to implement within the next six months the following:

    a). Send a bill to the National Assembly seeking the restructuring of the political units in Nigeria into at least six regions. North-West; North Central, North East; South-East; South South and South-West. Each region will
    contribute a maximum of 10% of earned revenue to the center. Only Foreign Affairs and Defense against external aggression will be on the exclusive list.

    b). Constitute a panel of enquiry to investigate and recommend judicial punishment for Ibrahim Babangida and other members of the Military Council that annulled the election of June 12, 1993. For me, Nigerian Democracy is a joke when someone like David Mark is considered a democrat. Not only that, he is the Senate President. That criminal act (of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections) remaining unpunished, invites and allows impunity in the national affairs of Nigeria.

    I used to believe in Nigeria. Not anymore. But having grown up and spent most of my years there, I still have a filial duty to those who nurtured and cared for me. Irin ajo ko da bi ile. Thank you Premium Times.

    • Peter

      I’m surprised that you are the only one commenting on this. I can’t wait to hear Femi Aribisala’s take on this election. I have much respect for the man and now for you. I’m not trying to flatter you…no…far from it. I think you still believe in Nigeria,if not you would not have given those two charges to the president elect and his handlers. I’m just 39. This election has just kindled my interest in partisan politics because of people like you and Dr Femi Aribisala who would make,to the best of my judgment,constructive and objective analysis of national issues . Yes,I will say that the incumbent administration,with all the relative shortcomings ,might turn out to be just a spec of rubbish when,in future,it is compared the with the incoming administration’s own shortcomings. As gravity and friction is important to the runner,so all opposition parties and party faithfuls are relevant in the game of check and balance in governance. Lastly,I will advise all APC party members and supporters to be diligently involved in the business of objective criticism of the party’s leadership and governance of this country. APC’s oppositions are not excluded. God has given us the power and will to do this so let us be up and doing about it. God has blessed Nigeria.

    • Nkuu

      “A cursory analysis of the results shows quite clearly that massive rigging took place in the North, the South-South and the South-East.”

      Very good, sir. Everything went according the law in SW. Every other regions massive rigging took place. Now you have to Clap for yourself, sir, after such an analysis. Anyway I just stopped reading after I ran into the above excerpt because it reveals that the rest of your analysis is covered with half-truths and untruths.

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