The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has been fined N18 million by the regulatory authority, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The fine is punishment for what NERC described as negligence that resulted in the electrocution of an eight-year-old girl, Faith Yakubu, at Anguwan Dodo, Gwagwalada, in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Commission said the accident occurred when a staff of AEDC disconnected the wires feeding the residence of one of its consumers over alleged non-payment of accumulated electricity bills.
The disconnected electricity wires were left loosely on the ground by a technical staff without disconnecting the source of electricity supply from the transformer.
The Commission said little Faith had, unknown to her, grabbed the naked wires with her bare hands in an attempt to cross over them while running an errand for the parents.
The child was electrocuted along with a four-month-old boy she strapped on her back, although the baby survived.
NERC also directed that the “AEDC should ensure that the surviving four month old child undergoes medical check-up in a recognised hospital and evidence presented to the Commission for further directives.”
To avoid similar incidents in the future, the Commission also directed the electricity distribution company to carry out regular safety enlightenment campaigns in accordance with the Nigeria Electricity Safety Manual and Nigeria Electricity Safety Code.