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Pregnant Woman, Daughter, Three Others Die Of Electrocution In Lagos




Tragedy struck in the early hours of Thursday after a live wire electrocuted a pregnant woman, identified only as Mrs. Ameh, and her three-year-old daughter in front of their home on Onabanjo Street in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos State.

Investigation revealed that another woman, identified as Iya Fatimah, her daughter and one boy, identified only as Basheet, were also electrocuted, bringing the total mortality figure to five. Two vehicles were burnt beyond recognition in the incident that claimed the five lives. An eyewitness, said about three other persons were also injured.

He said, “Around 2am, I was by the balcony of my house when I saw a wire spark. The wire then fell on some wood and caught fire. The fire spread to the tyre of a Toyota car.

“The Toyota car had some jerry cans of petrol inside it and when the fire got to it, the vehicle exploded in front of house number six.

“Some of the occupants of the house, who were trying to run for their lives, passed the back of the house and came out through the front of house number eight.”


The eyewitness said, “The pregnant woman (Mrs Ameh) and her daughter were electrocuted by the wire. However, I quickly pulled away Jonathan, their son, and he survived.

“Three other residents, Basheet, Iya Fatimah and her daughter were also electrocuted.”

It was learnt that about an hour later, electricity officials disconnected power from the affected lines.

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