An unidentified middle age man was electrocuted at the early hours of Sunday while trying to steal electric cable at a power supply installation in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident happened at Accra Crescent by LEA Primary School, Unguwar Rimi.
The traditional ruler of the area, Dan Iyar Unguwar Rimi, Alhaji Muhammad Gidado, confirmed the incident.
Gidado said the corpse of the vandal was evacuated from the scene by the police from Unguwar Rimi Division.
According to him, the vandal was unknown to them in the area and urged law enforcement agencies to step-up patrol as the community has suffered from the activities of vandals lately.
Gidado explained that the deceased tried to steal the 150mm four core up-riser cable at the distribution sub-station along Accra Crescent when nemesis caught up with him.
The Head of Corporate Communications of Kaduna Electric, the operator of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, also confirmed the incident.
Abdullahi appealed to customers of the company to be more vigilant and report suspicious movement around power supply installations to the police, especially in the night.
Abdullahi lamented that the activities of these hoodlums was causing set back to the company’s effort at providing steady power supply to its customers.
He warned criminal elements to desist from damaging or removing power supply equipment as the consequence could be very tragic.
Meanwhile, the police said it was investigating the incident with a view to arresting the collaborators of the act and preventing re-occurrence.