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Mother of Electrocuted Undergraduate Seeks N10million Compensation from PHED

Mother of Electrocuted Undergraduate Seeks N10m Compensation from PHED
Mrs. Inyang and her only surviving child
Mrs. Angela Inyang, the mother of a 16-year-old student, David Inyang, who was electrocuted last Monday in Calabar, Cross River State, has asked the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company to pay her a compensation of N10m.
David Inyang, a 100-Level student of Cross River University of Technology, died alongside a lady identified as Rebecca, after they both stepped on a high tension cable at No. 14, Adak Uko Street, in Calabar-South axis of the Cross River State capital.
The devastated mother of two, who said she lost all her belongings to the disaster which burnt down the entire building, called on Governor Ben Ayade to intervene in the matter.
She said, “I have lost my only son — the light of my world — to that disaster. I did not come out of the apartment with anything apart from the wrapper I tied. We lost everything.

“I have been managing to train my two children, Cherry and David, since their father died in 2009 and now my only son is gone. I am devastated and I do not even know where to pick up the pieces of my life.

“I am appealing to Governor Ben Ayade to intervene. He should help me and my only surviving daughter. I am just a primary school teacher, everything I have is gone.

“The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. John Gaul-Lebo, should also assist me. I am helpless.”
In a letter addressed to the Calabar District office of PHED by the family solicitor, Mr. Edet Essien, the bereaved mother is demanding N10m financial reparation.
The lawyer, who is the godfather of the deceased, said David’s life was abruptly terminated by obsolete and loosely knit high tension cables which fell on their two-bedroom accommodation at 14, Adak Uko Street.
“Before the final onslaught by the PHED defective cables, complaints to the Calabar District office had assumed the level of a recurring decimal.

“On September 17 when a similar incident happened, my client and her children were forced to spend the night elsewhere because of their safety,” he said.
Essien, however, noted that no amount of money was worth David’s life.
“The pathetic and struggling life of Mrs. Inyang started nine years ago when she lost her husband. It was further compounded by her son’s tragic death and the loss of her property, including certificates.

“We strongly demand and call for an enduring financial reparation to the tune of N10m from PHED,” Essien said.
When contacted, the Manager, Corporate Communications, PHED, Mr. John Onyi, said there was no cause for alarm as the company was on top of the situation.
“Our people (PHED) and Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency have visited the family of the young man and we are putting modalities in place to make sure that the right thing is done.

“We have also visited the family of the nursing mother who died in the incident,” he said.


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