Suspected ‘cable thief’ electrocuted

A suspected cable thief has been electrocuted on an electricity pole at Kobape  in Obafemi-Owode local government area of, Ogun State, as residents of the area raised alarm following discovery of the lifeless body.

Penpushing reports that, the incident occurred on Sunday, and as at the time of filing this report, there was no clue to the identity of the victim, as nobody could ascertain the reason for the action, but source said it was suspected that he might have climbed the pole to cut and steal expensive cables from the pole.

The man, who was not establish as official of the electricity generation or distribution company, was suspected by the police to have  attempted to steal electricity cables, contrary to speculation that he might be on a suicide mission.

Penpushing further reports that, Nurudeen Ashafa, a resident of the community while speaking on the ugly development was quoted to have explained that, considering the deceased posture on the pole,  it showed that he was electrocuted while trying to steal cables from the pole.

“We are baffled, we never expected anyone to be this desperate,  some of these cables have been removed already. Things only went wrong, may God forgive him and pardon his sins’, Ashafa was quoted saying

Penpushing also reports that, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi when contacted declared that the victim had attempted to steal electricity cables, debunking rumour that he might have been on a suicide mission.

“The man climbed the pole, possibly he wanted to steal the wires. I don’t think he wanted to commit suicide, because he has cut some of the wires. If he wanted to commit suicide, he only needed to climb the pole and hold the naked wire.But, according to the information at my disposal; he has cut some of the wires. Maybe there was sudden power supply when he was cutting the cables’ Oyeyemi said.

Penpushing further reports that, the police spokesman disclosed that as at the time of filing this report, that the corpse has been removed by the police and deposited in a morgue, adding that investigations are still ongoing.

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