The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said on Saturday it has commenced investigations into the electrocution of soccer fans in Calabar, Cross Rivers.
The commission’s preliminary report, according to a statement, revealed that the accident occurred when an 11 KV high tension line under which a television viewing centre was constructed snapped, causing the electrocution of some occupants of the centre.
Several others were seriously wounded in the incident.
The Head of Public Affairs Unit at NERC, Usman Arabi, said the commission’s team of experts had been dispatched to the scene of the accident to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the electrocution.
He said, “Pending the outcome of our investigation, the commission commiserates with the families, friends and relatives of the deceased, the government and people of Cross Rives State.
“We are also using this opportunity to remind the industry operators and members of the public on the need for strict observance of the health and safety codes for the industry.
“The commission will avail the general public the outcome of the investigation.”