Tragedy struck at the Barnawa High Cost in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State when a security guard, in an attempt to steal a transformer, was electrocuted.
The man, who was simply identified as Henry and said to be in his 30s, had reportedly attempted to vandalise the transformer belonging to the Kaduna Electric when he was electrocuted in the process.
His dangling lifeless body was seen by passersby and residents of the area, who quickly alerted officials of the Kaduna Electric on Friday.
Lamenting the death of the young man at the scene of the incident, youth leader of Barnawa, Abdulazeez Mukhtar, described the incident as rather unfortunate and urged youths to shun all forms of social vices and criminality that could lead to their untimely death.
Area Manager of Kaduna Electric, Barnawa area office, Yahaya Sunday, hinted that the man might have been electrocuted about 11pm on Thursday, when all of a sudden there was a light out.
“We have suffered several vandalisation of our installations and most times, people tend to blame our staff for most of the theft, which is not completely correct.
“We call on the people to always pass across information to security and relevant authorities in any case of suspected movement of persons around our installations.”
However, a statement by the Head of Communication, Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said: “A suspected vandal was electrocuted this morning (yesterday) while attempting to vandalise our transformer at Barnawa High Cost, Kaduna. “We continue to warn that tampering with electrical equipment is very dangerous and could lead to loss of life. “It is also one of the reasons why steady power supply has been unattainable. Let us work together to curb the menace of vandalism.”