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Electrocution: FEMA warns against illegal cutting of trees in Abuja

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The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sunday, advised Abuja residents to always seek approval from the Parks and Recreation Department before cutting any tree.

The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Idriss Abbas, gave the advice in a statement while reacting to the death of a Chief Superintendent of Police, Lasaka Habila, who was electrocuted on a tree in Abuja.

Abbas explained that late Habila was electrocuted while cutting leaves from a tree in the city Centre, adding that the unfortunate incident took place opposite the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Garki, Abuja.

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According to him, the scene of the tragedy was a cutlass seen lying around the tree after the incident, which has been used by the victim to cut down branches from the tree which were seen littered around the scene.

“It is also believed that the victim may have been electrocuted by a high voltage from the high tension wire close to the tree.

“The victim who was seen stuck on the tree was eventually brought down by the Search and Rescue team of FEMA.

” The victim was later taken to the National hospital by the FEMA search and rescue team where he was confirmed dead,” Abbas said.

He, therefore, cautioned FCT residents to avoid taking laws into their hands, saying, “in this period of the rainy season, most trees will bloom and come in contact with electricity cables which may transmit high currents through the leaves and branches.”

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The DG also warned Abuja residents to avoid coming in contact with trees planted close to high tension cables and other electrical installations to avoid being electrocuted.

He explained that one might not know whether the tree was carrying live electrical current which could be harmful to the individual.

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