A serious clash between staff of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and and some residents of Ibala area of Ilesa town in Osun State has been averted by men of A Divisional Police Headquaters of Osun State police command after a two-year-old boy, Hassan Oluwalarami Badmus was electrocuted.
It was gathered that before the incident occurred last Friday, a woman, Madam Temilade Obembe of No 5a, Ibala Road, Ilesa had reported to a PHCN staff, whose name was given as Taofeek, that a live wire had fallen on the ground inside her compound.
The woman alleged that the said staff took no immediate action but asked her to look for someone to fold the live wire pending the time the company would come to rectify the situation.
She added that because of the inherent danger in what she was asked to do, she awaited the coming of the PHCN staff to take care of the situation before going to her shop at the timber market in the town for business activities.
Mrs Obembe said she was recalled from her shop to her residence, only to see that her two-year-old grandson, had been electrocuted.
Eyewitness account had it that the late Hassan had playfully touched the live wire and died immediately as a result of electrocution.
Nigerian Tribune further gathered that when the news of Hassan’s death spread in the town, some irate youths, the majority of who were residents of Ibala area wanted to attack the PHCN control room in Ilesa, to avenge the death of the child.
Many of them were said to have expressed the opinion that the occurrence would have been averted if the PHCN staff had promptly yielded to the call of the woman.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, DSP Folasade Odoro, said that on hearing the news, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Dorothy Gimba, drafted policemen from ‘A’ Division, Ilesa to avert the crisis and maintain peace in the area.