A 36 year old father of three children and a supposed staff of Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC Agbor Unit, Mr. Monday Onyero Eborh from Idumuesah Community in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, was electrocuted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Jolly Street, within powerline axis off Owanta-Aliosimi Road.
Ika Weekly reporter gathered that “Onyero” as he is fondly called, left his home which is situated along the power line axis in Boji Boji Owa at about 11am on that fateful day for a place where he was called to connect electricity for a client at Lucky Avenue area in Boji Boji Owa, which is not far from the area where he lived.
The source also revealed that he died on a high tension pole while trying to connect an electricity cable from the pole to someone’s house. Another eye witness disclosed that Onyero would have survived the electric shock if only he was very careful, as he unfortunately decided to climb a high tension pole, shortly after a heavy downpour which occurred on that fateful day.
Meanwhile, majority of Ika residents who spoke with newsmen on different occasions, described Onyero as a hardworking, loving, generous and caring man. They therefore prayed for his soul to rest in peace in the Lord’s bosom.
Information reaching Ika Weekly Newspaper says he is survived by his aged mother, wife, three children, brothers, sisters and other relatives and will be buried on Friday, February 23, 2018 at his residence in Idumuesah. As at the time of filing this report, all efforts made to speak with the wife of the deceased proved abortive.
However, Ika Weekly Newspaper Reporters, in order to get a better understanding of the identity of the deceased, visited the Agbor Unit office of BEDC, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 for an interactive session with the Business Manager of the establishment, Mr. Curtis Nwadei, to get his views on the issue.
When asked by the reporters if the late man was BEDC personnel, the Business Manager responded that the man in question has never been their staff rather, he was somebody who had been bastardizing BEDC Network for the past two years since he (the manager) resumed in Agbor.
Continuing, he stated that whenever BEDC disconnected defaulting customers, the young man would go round, collect money from those customers and re-connect them. He also disclosed that each time the company had issues with transformers, the late man would also go round to collect money from the affected customers and and transfer them to nearby transformers.
Speaking further, Mr. Curtis Nwadei stated that after several complaints of the illegal activities of the late man, he wrote to the Divisional police officer Agbor Police Division asking them to arrest the victim but it never yielded any result.
Recounting the event that led to the death of the young man, the Business Manager stated that when he visited the scene of the incident after the electrocution, he discovered that the Late Monday had already erected wooden poles along Jolly Street by Power Line area, and the illegal connection involved about five houses on the street, explaining that while he was trying to connect the buildings to enable them feed from two different sources of supply and busy doing his illegality with impunity, power supply was restored and he got electrocuted.
He further disclosed that residents of the five houses involved in the illegal connection have deserted their houses. In his words, “we will continue to visit the place at least to get somebody to talk to us from one of those houses. However, we have disconnected them from the national grid”.
Continuing, the Business Manager hinted that they have not made any report to the police because the late man is not a staff of BEDC, but because of the wide spread rumor in town, the management of the company will let the police authority to know that the man whom he wrote to them about, whom they refused to arrest has been arrested by divine power.
Speaking further, the manager said he got to know from the grapevine, that it was on the day the young man died that his family members knew that he was not a staff of BEDC. He used the medium to appeal to BEDC customers to stop using unauthorized people to work on their Network, emphasizing that by law energy theft is an EFCC issue which is a very serious offense.