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Some houses were razed down due to high voltage of electricity, including the newly established P. D. Pius & Associates law office in Dinyavo area of Jalingo, Taraba State. 

 

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, and four people lost their lives. 

 

Speaking with Taraba Truth and Facts, Mr. Ande Wakili explained how the terrible incident happened due to the high current, which affected all of the houses in the area.

 

Mrs. P.B Grace of the area, said that they were now in a dangerous condition, and they were calling on the authorities responsible to address the issue before it happens again. 

 

Mr. Fortune Ditha, who was a neighbor to the victims' family, said that Mr. Raymond, his wife, and their two children lost their lives in the incident. 

 

He added that the State government and YEDC must take immediate action to prevent such occurrences in the future.

 

Taraba Truth and Facts gathered that fire service personnel arrived at the affected areas, where one of them suffered from electric shock and was rushed to Catholic Hospital in Jalingo. 

 

Responding to the matter Malam Bello Musa said "we discovered that the incident affected many houses and killed four people in Dinyabo area of Jalingo Local Government"

 

"the people of Dinyabo are now in fear due to the terrible incident"

 

The Taraba State Police Command  also  confirmed the electrocution of a family of four around the Dinyavo area of Jalingo, the state capital.

Abdullahi Usman, the command's Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident in a statement in Jalingo.

According to him, the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. on Monday.

"We suspect it resulted from a power surge. At about 11:00 a.m. on Monday, we were reliably informed that a house located in the Dinyavoh area of Jalingo was on fire.

"Detectives from GRA Police Division were quickly deployed to the scene and, on arrival, found the four victims with burns suspected to be from electrocution.

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"The victims are Remond Ofonbuk, 44, his wife, Mfonbong Remond, Heaven Remond, 15, and First Remond, 13 years old.

"We have received information indicating that immediately power was restored, the transformer serving the area blew up.

"We learnt that many houses within the neighbourhood experienced high electric voltage which might have led to the fire outbreak that inflicted burns on the victims.

"Our detectives quickly evacuated the victims to Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo for treatment but they were confirmed dead on arrival," he said.

Usman said that the corpses had been deposited at the hospital's mortuary for autopsy while investigation had commenced to ascertain the real cause of the incident.

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