Six Killed In Lagos As High Tension Wire Collapses


Six people including a woman with three children and another pregnant woman with a child were killed on Thursday at Oworonshoki area of Lagos, in South-West Nigeria as a falling high tension wire electrocuted them.

The incident, which happened on Onabanjo Street, Oworonsoki around 2.00 am resulted from an 11KVA high tension wire that collapsed during the downpour with power still on the wire.

Confirming the incident, General Secretary, Council of Oworonshoki Youth Forum, Mr. Kabiawu Babajide, said the high tension collapsed and fell across a drainage and caught fire when it came in contact with wood, saying that two vehicles behind the wood were burnt by the fire ignited.

The incidence, according to eyewitnesses, occurred in front of houses on number 6 to 10 on the street, causing people to flee for their lives.

“People ran away from their houses in different direction and stepped on the high tension wire and they were immediately electrocuted. It was about 30 minutes later before NEPA took away light after they have been called,’ Babajide said.

It was gathered that the deceased were taken to the mortuary of a hospital in Yaba as they were rejected at the Gbagada General Hospital.

Also confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said it occurred on Number 6 and 8 of Onabanjo Street.

According to him, the electric poll sparked when power was restored at about 2.20 am, which led to the collapse, adding that the live wire landed on a vehicle with 50 litres of PMS which exploded and caught fire.

He said the incident caused panic among residence of Number 6 who in a bid to escape stepped on the live wire and were electrocuted, adding that six lives were lost in the process.

On his part, the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe said those who died included two women including a pregnant woman and three teenagers, saying that nearby buildings were quickly saved