Cable thief electrocuted in C’River

By Joseph Kingston

A man, whose name could not be ascertained as at press time, has been electrocuted while trying to disconnect and cut off electricity cables from a transformer station at Government Technical College, Ikot Efanga, Calabar.
His dismembered body was found, Monday morning, hanging loosely between high tension poles while implements of his trade like holes, iron crossbar, iron saw, hammer, pliers and other tools were scattered right inside the transformer station.
At the base of the station, it was discovered that the suspected thief had earlier dug out and cut off cables which were buried in the earth, before climbing the poles to cut the other end off thereby meeting his end.

An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Ekpenyong, said the incident might have occurred on Sunday night as the body of the said thief was seen early Monday morning.
Ekpenyong said there were strong indications that the suspected thief might have operated in the company of other gang members who fled after the victim could not come down, insisting “this is not a one-man deed. Others may have fled after seeing him die.”
“That cable which he attempted to steal costs about N300, 000. We had similar experience in our street when thieves made away with our transformer cables after which we contributed N300, 000 to replace it,” he said.

It, however, took men of the Fire Service tough time to remove the dismembered body of the victim from the high tension pole.
A man, whose name could not be ascertained as at press time, has been electrocuted while trying to disconnect and cut off electricity cables from a transformer station at Government Technical College, Ikot Efanga, Calabar.
His dismembered body was found, Monday morning, hanging loosely between high tension poles while implements of his trade like holes, iron crossbar, iron saw, hammer, pliers and other tools were scattered right inside the transformer station.
At the base of the station, it was discovered that the suspected thief had earlier dug out and cut off cables which were buried in the earth, before climbing the poles to cut the other end off thereby meeting his end.
An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Ekpenyong, said the incident might have occurred on Sunday night as the body of the said thief was seen early Monday morning.

Ekpenyong said there were strong indications that the suspected thief might have operated in the company of other gang members who fled after the victim could not come down, insisting “this is not a one-man deed. Others may have fled after seeing him die.”
“That cable which he attempted to steal costs about N300, 000. We had similar experience in our street when thieves made away with our transformer cables after which we contributed N300, 000 to replace it,” he said.
It, however, took men of the Fire Service tough time to remove the dismembered body of the victim from the high tension pole.A man, whose name could not be ascertained as at press time, has been electrocuted while trying to disconnect and cut off electricity cables from a transformer station at Government Technical College, Ikot Efanga, Calabar.

His dismembered body was found, Monday morning, hanging loosely between high tension poles while implements of his trade like holes, iron crossbar, iron saw, hammer, pliers and other tools were scattered right inside the transformer station.
At the base of the station, it was discovered that the suspected thief had earlier dug out and cut off cables which were buried in the earth, before climbing the poles to cut the other end off thereby meeting his end.
An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Ekpenyong, said the incident might have occurred on Sunday night as the body of the said thief was seen early Monday morning.

Ekpenyong said there were strong indications that the suspected thief might have operated in the company of other gang members who fled after the victim could not come down, insisting “this is not a one-man deed. Others may have fled after seeing him die.”
“That cable which he attempted to steal costs about N300, 000. We had similar experience in our street when thieves made away with our transformer cables after which we contributed N300, 000 to replace it,” he said.
It, however, took men of the Fire Service tough time to remove the dismembered body of the victim from the high tension pole.