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Power surge kills pregnant woman, 2 kids in Niger

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

A pregnant woman, Adama Usman, 28 and her two children, Taslim, 5 and Taslima 7, died on Sunday in a fire incident caused by a power surge in Angwar Biri area of Minna, Niger State.

The State Emergency Management Agency attributed the incident to high voltage from the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company ( AEDC).

Residents said the light went off at about 10 am and was restored an hour later with high voltage which triggered sparks and the resultant fire incident.

Daily Trust learnt that although men of the State Fire Service got there with four trucks, they could not access the scene due to the unplanned nature of the area.

“By the time the Fire Service men put out the fire, the woman and her two children were already burnt beyond recognition,” a  neighbour, Malam Abubakar Muhammad, said.

Malam Usman Mustapha, the husband to late Adama and father of the house, could barely control himself during the funeral prayers of the victims yesterday.

Deputy Governor Ahmed Ketso, who was at the area to commiserate with the family, decried incessant accidents in the area through power surge by the AEDC, promising to liaise with the company to find a lasting solution to the recurring crisis.

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