Police officer electrocuted in Abuja while cutting tree

A Chief Superintendent of Police, Lasaka Habila, has been electrocuted while he was cutting a tree in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Police officer electrocuted in Abuja while cutting tree

The deceased was said to be cutting branches of a tree opposite the National Intelligence Agency, Garki, in Nigeria’s capital when the incident happened.

Idriss Abbas, Director-General, FCT Emergency Management Agency, announced Habila’s death in a statement on Sunday.

“At the scene of the tragedy was a cutlass seen lying around the tree after the incident, [said] to have been used by the victim to cut down branches from the tree which were seen littered around the scene. It is also believed that the victim may have been electrocuted by a high voltage from the high tension wire close to the tree.

“The victim who was seen stuck on the tree was eventually brought down by the Search and Rescue team of FEMA.”

Idriss Abbas, director-general of FEMA advised FCT residents to always seek approval from the parks and recreation department before cutting down any tree, instead of taking laws into their own hands.

The FEMA boss also added that in the rainy season, most trees would bloom and come in contact with electricity cables which may transmit high currents through leaves and branches.

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