Cable drum falls on passerby in Lagos, victim dies

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A yet-to-be-identified male adult has been confirmed dead after an electric cable drum fell on him at Ojo-Igbede Road in the Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

 

It was gathered that the incident happened on Thursday while a forklifter was transloading armoured cables from a container into its body.

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A police source who spoke to newsmen on Saturday said the transloading was ongoing when one of the cable drums disconnected and fell on the deceased victim who was said to be walking past the spot while pressing his phone.

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The source said the victim died on the way to the hospital.

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“Incidentally, one of the cable drums disconnected and fell on a passerby, who was said to be pressing his phone while walking and he gave up the ghost on the way to hospital. The scene was visited by detectives of the Ilemba-Hausa division and inquiries were made,” the police source disclosed.

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Meanwhile, the owner of the company has been taken into custody for interrogation.

“He is being interrogated for reckless and negligent acts by refusing to place any sign signifying the inherent danger nor hiring a guard to direct other road users away from the scene,” the source added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

Hundeyin said, “The corpse has been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy and preservation. An investigation is ongoing.”

 

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