Calabar Tragedy: Govt. Considers Legal Action Against PHED

The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has said that the state is considering taking legal action against the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), following what he described as negligence of duty on the part of the company which led to the electrocution of football lovers at Nyangasang, Calabar Municipality.

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“This is a clear case of negligence because normally, in International standards, when you design a power carrying structure like this one, as a transmission line, it is designed in such a way that at any point in time that there’s failure on the line, the cable cuts, it’s just by automation that power cuts off from such a cable.

“For us as the government of Cross River State, we will be meeting with a team of lawyers to tell us what to do,” Ayade stated.

The governor who thereafter, visited the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital to see survivors of the tragic incident, could not hold back his tears on sighting the critical state of some of them.

He, therefore, ordered that one of the most critically injured victims be flown abroad for proper medical attention.

As gathered by Channels Television, the victim, Ferdinand Anok, who was an immigration officer, suffered 80% burns which left his internal organs exposed.

“One of them needs to be taken out of the country and the state government will do that immediately. I have instructed the Commissioner for Health, she’s going to work with the Deputy Governor to ensure that we arrange an urgent visa and fly him out of the country.”

Governor Ayade also visited the community where he reassured them of the State government’s financial support especially for the families of the bereaved.

Protesters Reportedly Barricade PHED Offices

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The management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) company has expressed shock over the protest by the National Union of Electricity Employees.

A statement by the spokesman for the company, John Onyi, said the demonstration which was staged for reasons yet to be ascertained, led to the barricade of their offices in Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.

The PHED asked electricity consumers to bear with them, stating that efforts are ongoing to dialogue with the labour union.

“Our esteemed customers are enjoined to stay in touch through 09087838800 and 09087838801 (24/7 call centre lines) for fault reporting and make payments through banks and accredited Gpay agents,” the statement said.

Police Parade Dismissed Soldiers For Alleged Turbine Theft

kano_suspectsNo fewer than 13 persons including two dismissed soldiers, attached to Operation Doyle, battling the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state, have been paraded for alleged involvement in crimes including the theft of a gas turbine worth about 7.2 billion Naira, owned by the Bayelsa state government.

The Bayelsa state government had purchased these gas turbines to aid in the provision of electricity for the indigenes and residents of Etelebou community of Gbarain in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

This, according to the government, was in order to complement the power output of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED).

The timely arrival of the Police made the arrest possible, while five trucks containing vandalized turbine, were recovered.

Asides those involved in the robbery, nine other suspects who were alleged to be involved in kidnapping were also paraded.

Meanwhile, the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Amba Asuoquo, also disclosed the arrest of a car theft syndicate.

Although the Bayelsa state government has prescribed a death penalty for kidnappers, it is yet to be determined what the fate of the arrested suspects would be as they are yet to be officially declared guilty.

PHED Accuses Oyigbo Youths Of Throwing Port Harcourt Into Darkness

Oyigbo Youths, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDThe Port Harcourt metropolis was on Monday morning thrown into unwarranted darkness by fierce looking youths from Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

According to the spokesman for the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), Mr John Onyi, the incident occurred when a Federal Government facility under the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) located inside Afam was forcefully shut and barricaded by the youths.

Mr Onyi noted in a statement that not only was the station shut down, but the technical men on duty were also chased away, leading to their inability to transmit power to PHED for onward distribution to its customers.

“On check, it was gathered that one of the highly politically exposed persons who resides within the area was responsible for the youths’ action on the ground that his feeder was placed on load shedding.

“The parochial action of the youth is becoming habitual and very embarrassing. Recall that late last year on two occasions, the same youths from Oyigbo blocked the source of supply to Port Harcourt metropolis.

“The action of the youth if unabated will continue to plunge Port Harcourt city into unnecessary darkness.

“The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) condemns in its entirety, taking laws into hand – posture of the youth – and hereby, draws the attention of the law enforcement agencies in particular and the Rivers State Government to come to the aid of PHED and the good people of the state to intervene and put a final stop to this frequent disruption of power distribution to customers,” the statement read.