The police in Abia have confirmed the electrocution of a suspected electrical accessories thief at Amoji-Ukwu Village, Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.
Public Relations Officer of the command, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the suspect was electrocuted in the early hours of Friday while cutting two cables linked to a transformer.
Mr Ogbonna gave the confirmation in an interview in Aba on Saturday.
A resident of Amoji-Ukwu Village, Chinenye Agomuo, had reported an explosion in the community on Friday, when a man cut cables connected to a transformer.
“On Friday morning, about 4:00 a.m., we heard an explosion suspected to be from a transformer. After the explosion, I began to get phone calls from my brother living near the transformer, asking me to come to the scene.
“He said that someone climbed the transformer and was electrocuted. When we reached there, it was a young man. He had climbed up to cut the armoured cables but unfortunately for him, the current killed him,” Mr Agomuo said.
He said that the community reported the matter to Eastern Ngwa Police Station, and that the body of the suspect was deposited at a mortuary with the assistance of the police.