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Abuja Disco compensates family of electrocuted eight-year-old girl


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THE Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has reached out to the family of the late Faith Yakubu, an eight-year-old, who was electrocuted in Gwagwalada, Abuja last year, after the company was found liable of negligence.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday confirmed that some millions of Naira was paid as compensation to the family, though it failed to state the exact amount paid.

Following the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, NERC constituted an Accident Investigation Team, which submitted a detailed report that showed that a staff of AEDC embarked on electricity revenue drive at Anguwan Dodo area of Gwagwalada in August, last year.

The whole area was disconnected from the main source, but the energized 0. 415vlv conductor was left lying on the ground. The deceased had her four-month-old younger brother strapped on her back when she came in contact with the live wire that electrocuted her. The brother survived.

In a statement yesterday, Head, Public Affairs Department at the commission, Dr. Usman Abba Arabi, noted: “The NERC has confirmed compliance with its order mandating AEDC to compensate the family of James Yakubu over the electrocution of their daughter, Miss Faith Yakubu.”

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