A yet to be identified wheelbarrow pusher was electrocuted Wednesday morning while attempting to pluck mangoes from a tree along EnuguRoad, in Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State.
It was gathered that the young man who is abpot 18-year oldhad climbed up the mango tree, using rod iron to pluck the fruit, had inadvertentlymade contact with a live high tension wire which electrocuted and killed himinstantly.
An eye witness, Jude Eze said that he found the corpse under the mango tree while on his way to work early hour of Wednesday.
“I just saw his lifeless body with electric burns under the mango tree while I was rushing out for work,” he said.
Mr Eze, a resident of the area who said that he did not knowthe exact time the incident happened, suggested that the man might have climbedthe mango tree to pluck mangoes with an iron rod and had made contact with thehigh tension wire which got him electrocuted.
A commercial motorcycle operator who pleaded anonymity toldDaily Sun that the incident happened around 6:30 am, adding that the rodallegedly used by the dead man to pluck the mango was still trapped on the hightension wire.
“I don’t know the man’s name but I knew him as a barrowpusher from Peace Mass Transit Park Nsukka.
“I was going to drop a passenger at Peace Park in Nsukkawhen I noticed that something fell from a mango tree opposite zenith Bank Enuguroad Nsukka. I moved down to the area after I dropped the passenger only to seepeople watching his lifeless body helplessly.
“By all indications, he probably might have made contactwith the naked wire while trying to use the rod to pluck the mango,” themotorcycle operator said
It was also learnt that men of Nigeria Police Force, NsukkaArea Command, who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident, took awayand deposited the man’s corpse at Bishop Shanahan Hospital mortuary Nsukka, theoperator says.