Following the electrocution of seven traders, including a pregnant mother, through a live cable of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, at Apata market staff flee.
The workers of the company have fled their office in the area to avoid being attacked by angry youths who thought the tragedy could have been averted if the officials had heeded their earlier appeals.
It was gathered that some customers who went to the office, yesterday, apparently to pay their bills, went back home unattended to as none of the workers was around.
It was the quick response of policemen that prevented the youths and some Okada riders, who had assembled nearby, from attacking the officials on the day of the incident.
Vanguard learnt that the offices were firmly locked yesterday, a day after. This came as security was beefed up at the office of the company due to a rumour that youths in the area were planning to attack PHCN staff.
Meanwhile, some residents in the area had called on the company to pay compensation to the families of the victims. One of the residents who identified himself as Alhaji Alamu told newsmen that the company should not only pay compensation to the families of the victims but also repair the snapped cable.
Also, the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin has promised to intensify campaigns across the state to prevent possible re-occurrence.
Senator Lanlehin who represents Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly spoke through his media aide, Mr. Olawale Shadare that his visit to the people of the state was to create awareness on the prevention of disasters and effective management of inevitable ones so as to minimize human casualties at any given situation in future.
His position was contained in his condolence message he sent to the victims’ families and people of the state yesterday.
He expressed a deep shock at the news saying “It is unfortunate and disheartening to hear that some market women had to die in such circumstance considering the fact that Nigeria, as a country, has been grappling with incessant but avoidable deaths of her citizens in recent times”.
“The last Monday electrocution of some innocent citizens including an unborn baby marked yet another disaster which obviously left the rest of the citizenry sad and disturbed. In as much as one could not call it a worthy sacrifice in the life of a people who desire a new order in the manner which a country protects her own citizens, we pray God Almighty to grant the dead eternal peace.” Senator Lanlehin regretted.