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Food seller electrocuted while trying to rescue colleague

New report confirms that a yet to be unidentified food vendor was electrocuted in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Thursday.

The sad incident reportedly took place at the Michael Okpara Square, along Club Road, few metres away from the Umuahia Event Centre.

An eyewitness who spoke to reporters said the deceased, a sales assistant at a food stand, died while trying to rescue a co-worker, who was shocked by electric current.

A high tension wire had snapped and fallen on a stake wire attached to an electric pole under which the food vendors were doing their business.

The first victim unknowingly touched the pole and was instantly shocked and cried for help.

The cry for help caught the attention of the deceased, who went to save her assistant, only to be electrocuted.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident, adding that the command would investigate the cause of death.

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