A 23-year-old man identified as Nduk, from Enugwu-Agidi community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State has been electrocuted while cutting down a tree.
The deceased was said to have been electrocuted when he climbed a breadfruit tree to cut its branches directly under an electric high tension wire.
According to Daily post the deceased, who hailed from Iruobieri village of the community, was reportedly hired to cut the branches of the tree.
A resident of the area, who craved anonymity, claimed that officials of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Enugwu-Agidi unit had warned that the tree be cut down to ensure free flow of current.
“The man was hired to cut down branches of the tree because of the repeated warning from officers of the EEDC who claimed the tree was obstructing free flow of electric current,” he said.
He described the deceased as a quiet young man who cared for his mother and siblings, adding that his body has been deposited in the mortuary.
Reacting, President General, Enugwu-Agidi Brotherly Union (EBU), Chidi Okoye described the incident as regrettable, blaming it on the carelessness of the deceased.
He said, “The leadership of the union has been warning the villagers not to engage in any responsibility meant for EEDC because of the inherent dangers.
“The man failed to consult the electricity committee chairman who could have informed the EEDC of his intention.
“He just lost his life out of sheer carelessness. The sad incident is a lesson to everybody in the community.
“I believe that nobody will be foolish enough to attempt such act without involving the EEDC.”
Okoye however cautioned the youths in the area not to take laws into their hands, insisting that “there is no need for civil unrest in the community as a result of the death.”