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Mother, child electrocuted in Ogun market

A mother and her child were among the three people that were reportedly electrocuted at Mowe Market in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The woman and her son were reportedly burnt beyond recognition, though the Police said only the mother died.

The incident reportedly happened on Monday following the restoration of power after the Sunday downpour.

The downpour had wreaked much havoc in many parts of Ogun State, especially in Sango and Oju-Ore areas where the rainstorm felled electric poles, carried off house roofs, felled trees fences of private buildings, among others.

Chairman of the Local Government, Adesina Ogunsola, during his visit to the market on Wednesday, gave a seven-day notice to all the traders who maintain shops and stalls under the powerline to vacate the spaces in order to prevent a reoccurrence.

An eyewitness said that the electric shock was from the step-down transformer suspended on an electrical pole next to the shop where the incident happened, just as the shop owners arrived for their daily sales in the market.

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The Director of Information at the Obafemi Owode Local Government, Segun Soneye, in a statement, confirmed the incident.

Soneye blamed the incident on the erection of shops made of iron sheets under the powerline.

He said, “The chairman of the council had visited the affected shop owners and had commiserated with them over the incident.

“He has already given shop owners a seven-day ultimatum to evacuate their make-shift shops built under the powerline, to forestall the recurrence of the incident.”

The police spokesman, Omolola Odutola, also confirmed the incident but said only the mother, Ujuwa Okechukwu, died from the incident.

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