Abuja Transformer Explodes, Kills Pregnant Woman and Five Others

A faulty transformer in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has killed several people following an explosion.
Residents of Tundunwada area of Lugbe, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory were thrown into disarray following a transformer explosion that killed six persons including a woman that was heavily pregnant by electrocution.

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Further reports have it that the woman recently moved into her area where the fatal accident took place.

About four persons were also said to have been injured during the incident, including a six-year-old boy, Destiny Okolo, who suffered injuries on his face and left ear.

It was reported that the transformer was on fire for about 10 minutes during which it sent devastating electric current to some residential apartments in the area.

A correspondent, who visited the community on Tuesday, gathered that the incident happened around 9pm on Saturday. Abuja Electricity Distribution Company officials were seen investigating the incident and pacifying the residents in the locality.

Findings indicate that the pregnant woman, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, wanted to switch off her fan when she was electrocuted. Her son was said to have raised the alarm which alerted her neighbours to her death.

The lad was said to have been taken to a Catholic church pending when his father, who is a resident in Lagos, would arrive in Abuja. Geoffrey Atoh, 24, whose friend, Joseph Terva, was electrocuted, explained that the victim was about stepping out of his apartment when he was killed.

“We were outside when the transformer exploded and started burning for about 10 minutes. Everyone was afraid and started running helter-skelter. It was later that I heard that my friend, Joseph, was electrocuted. We rushed down to his house and found that he had died,” Atoh explained.



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