How high voltage kills 11 people in Zaria


By Ismail Auwal

Tragedy struck on Wednesday as electric power fluctuation resulted to high voltage that killed 11 people across three communities in Zaria Local Government of Kaduna State.

The incident reportedly occurred around 1:00 am when when the state electricity   distribution company, Kaduna Electric,  restored power also leaves many others injured.

The high voltage reportedly  trapped all the communities as all the transformers, High tension and service lines were on fire.

The Kaduna State Fire Service, while confirming the incident, said one house was burnt completely, while some business premises were also destroyed.

Speaking on the incident, the Mai Unguwar, Malam, Shu’aibu, Police Barracks, Gwargwaje,  Alhaji  Bature  Aliyu said, the power fluctuation  affected all the  houses of the three communities, the  Police Barracks, the New Layout Unguwar  Major Aliyu and New Kauran  Juli layout.

The Head of Corporate Communication Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez  Abdullahi, speaking on the incident said preliminary investigations revealed that,the accident was as a result of High Tension line snap on the low tension line, which resulted in voltage supply outside limits.

According to the statement, the source feeder was immediately opened on emergency to avoid further damages.
He said Kaduna Electric expresses deepest sympathy to the families who  encountered losses as a result of the incident.

He  expressed  sadness over  the incident which affected its customers at Police Barracks distribution transformer in Gwargwaje Zaria.

They expressed  gratitude to the emir of Zazzau,  Malam  Ahmed Nuhu  Bamalli  for his support to all in managing the effects of the incident.

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