Tragedy struck in Ondo town, the administrative headquarters of Ondo West Local Government at the weekend, following the death of a middle aged man believed to be an official of the Ondo Business District of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
The unfortunate incident which has put the whole area into mourning occurred at the Government Reserve Area (GRA) located at Itanla along the Ondo/Aakure highway in the ancient community.
It was reliably gathered from the residence of the area that the deceased who was until his death was the the official of the BEDC in charge of the area. It was gathered that he was in the area on the fateful day to connect light on a new building in the area before he met his untimely death.
When our correspondent arrived in the area few minutes after the incident, the lifeless body of the late BEDC staff was seen hanging on the top of an electrical pole located in the front of the new building.
A motorcycle said to belong to the late BEDC staff was noticed under a mango tree, while large numbers of sympathizers were seen in groups discussing the development.
Similarly, officials from the BEDC were noticed with a branded vehicle, as well as police officers from the Igba Divisional Police Station were seen making frantic efforts to remove the body of the late Kola from the pole.
Also noticed were notable members of the Electrical Contractor Association of Nigeria (ECAN) Ondo town branch as well as the families of the deceased were seen crying and wailing.
Some residents of the area who spoke under condition of anonymity, described the incident as unfortunate, they added that the late BEDC officials a father of three has been the permanent customer of the people of the area especially the owners of new buildings.
Speaking on the development, the Business Manager of the Ondo Business District BEDC, Engr. Chris Enuamaka, confirmed the report of the incident, he explained that though he was on an official assignment outside the community, but he was briefed by the officials of the company.
He claimed that the victim who is a casual staff of the BEDC in the area was on an illegal duty to the area before the unfortunate incident occurred. Enuamaka who explained that the company is making effort to release an official statement on the matter as soon as investigation is completed.
Also speaking a senior police officer who led others to scene of the incident, said the body of the late BEDC staff would be deposited at the morgue of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital as soon as arrangement is concluded between the BEDC and the family of the deceased.