The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has blamed improper electrical wiring and inadequate maintenance of electrical and other equipment as the cause for the electrocution of five inmates on Monday at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).
According to EEDC, which supplies power to the facility, wires in the affected cell were “left dangling without proper trunking or pinning.”
According to the distribution company, the deceased inmates were sitting on the floor or leaning on the bunk beds, without clothes or shoes, which could have insulated them from the power surge.
Recall that the Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had on Monday confirmed the deaths of five inmates and injuries to seven others during a visit to the facility.
Following a power surge at about 7 am, the inmates were electrocuted in their cells. The Minister had set up a team to probe the incident.
EEDC General Manager (Corporate Communication) Idemudia Godwin, absolved the company of blame in an interview with The Nation. He further said that EEDC officials, which include Island District Staff (DLO, DSM, SMD), visited the scene and investigated the incident, and their findings showed that the Centre’s electrical wiring must be updated or risk another occurrence.
“On gaining access to the prisons, we met with AGP Tukor (prisons HQ, Abuja), who had also come to investigate the incident. The team was shown around by the coordinator of Ikoyi prisons ACP Ogunsakin Tolu and went to the scene of the incident”.