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Electrocution In Anambra Suspected Cable Thief Meets Tragic End

Electrocution in Anambra: Suspected Cable Thief Meets Tragic End

Near the Faculty of Education building, adjacent to the Department of Economics of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, a yet-to-be-identified man met a tragic end.

The individual, believed to be a cable thief, had reportedly finished cutting a cable from a high-tension pole.

However, his illicit activity was abruptly halted when power was suddenly restored by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, leading to his electrocution. The incident occurred late on Monday and was discovered on Wednesday morning.

The lifeless body remained suspended on the high-tension pole until electricity distribution officials, policemen, and university safety department officials began retrieving it.


The tragic incident in Anambra is a stark reminder of the dangers associated with illegal activities, particularly those involving critical infrastructure such as electricity. While the immediate cause of the suspected thief’s death was electrocution, the underlying issues ran deeper.

The continuous attacks on electricity installations across the South-East, as lamented by the Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, highlight a broader problem of infrastructure vandalism.

Such incidents not only endanger the lives of the perpetrators but also disrupt essential services for countless residents. Moreover, they impose additional financial burdens on utility companies, increasing consumer costs.

Communities and law enforcement agencies must collaborate in curbing these activities. Public awareness campaigns about the dangers of tampering with electrical installations and stricter enforcement of laws against vandalism can go a long way in preventing such tragedies.

Did You Know?

  • The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, where the incident occurred, is one of Nigeria’s leading institutions, named after the country’s first President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
  • High-tension cables carry extremely high voltages, making them incredibly dangerous for unauthorised individuals to handle.
  • The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) is responsible for distributing power in the South-East region of Nigeria.
  • Infrastructure vandalism often leads to service disruptions, affecting both households and businesses.
  • The financial implications of repairing vandalised equipment often increase consumer tariffs.


  • William Etuwewe

    William Etuwewe is a versatile media professional at Yohaig NG with a rich digital communication, graphic design, and content strategy background. His career journey spans roles at Debbin Studio, Bodexng, Lelook Nigeria Ltd, and Stockfareapp. William holds a Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication/Media Studies from The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife, and a Digital Communication specialisation from Sniit Polytechnic. He is known for his creative flair, innovative approach to content creation, and commitment to excellence.

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