6 Electrocuted In Lagos As Fireworks Cut High Tension Wire

It turned out a sad new year for some families as no fewer than six people have died in Mushin area of Lagos following the celebrations that greeted the crossover to the New Year on Sunday.

The victims were reportedly electrocuted after some youths threw firecrackers at a transformer, causing a serious electric spark.

The incident happened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The victims were part of a Muslim congregation participating in a crossover vigil organised by Temidayo Central Mosque on Ogunmokun Street.

Reports have it that a 300-level Statistics student of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), identified as Wasiu Adio Apesin was one of the victims.

Apesin was returning from school on Saturday and went to the mosque for the vigil.

It was gathered that the transformer from where the electric sparks started is located on Asaoku Street, which is about 500 metres from the mosque.

The electric sparks extended along the high-tension cable to the pole opposite the mosque and got the cable severed.

Four people died on the spot where the cable fell, while two others later died during the struggle to detach the energised cable from the victims.

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