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KADUNA: Midnight power surge kills eleven

ELEVEN persons have died as a result of high electric power supply in several Zazzau neighborhoods in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Other areas impacted include: Gwargwaje and Kauran Juli, which are located along the Zaria-Kaduna Expressway.

Electric power supply was restored in high voltage in the area around 1am. It caused indiscriminate spark of electricity gadgets. That resulted in the burning of a house of one Engineer Zubair Abubakar while other houses continued to release smoke,” said a resident of the area, Aliyu Samaila.

Those believed to be dead include: a pregnant woman, health personnel, a police officer, and many other people in the Gwargwaje neighborhood.

According to Christy Lombo, the spouse of the police officer who died as a result of the incidence at the Gwargwaje police barracks, everyone was asleep when the electricity was restored.

“My daughter woke up to realise that some of the fuses in the house were in smoke. So she woke me up but before then my husband had already woken up and went to switch off the light from the main change over plug.

“He was instantly shocked and thrown away by the high current. We later took him to the hospital where he gave up,” she said.

The Head of Corporate Communication, Kaduna Electricity Company (KEDCO), Abdulazeez Abdullahi, in a press release said preliminary investigation revealed that “the accident was as a result of high tension line snap on to the low tension line, which resulted in voltage supply outside limits.

“The source feeder was immediately opened in an emergency to avoid further damage.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate the facts of this regrettable incident. We express our deepest sympathies to families who have encountered losses as a result of this accident.”

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