A 42 year old man (name withheld) was yesterday electrocuted in the early hours of the morning while reportedly attempting to illegally get power from high tension electric lines belonging to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) at the Red Light Market in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The latest death from attempted illegal connection occurred because of some individuals’ violation of LEC management’s warnings to stop such dangerous acts. The Corporation’s appeal over the years for tougher regulations to deter would-be power thieves from such illegal and risky behavior that undermines the corporation’s revenue collection and often results in death to perpetrators have not received full endorsement.
Residents of the Bob Taylor Junction told the Daily Observer yesterday that early Thursday, September 21, they heard a loud sound from an LEC high tension pole — an indication that someone had been electrocuted.
Residents said when they rushed to the scene, a man was found dead on the high tension wires in front of a chain of stores at the junction.
The lifeless body was yesterday morning taken away for burial by security officers and health personnel.
Madam Beatrice G. Duncan, a resident of the area, described the deceased as being responsible for providing current to owners of many businesses and private homes by illegally connecting them to the LEC facility.
But James K. Langford said the deceased was a notorious rogue who caused many residents a lot of problems with his illegal connections.
A famous watch repairer at the Bob Taylor Junction, Johnson B. Farley, however, confirmed Mrs. Duncan’s description of the deceased.
Mr. Farley stressed the need for the LEC to step up security patrols to help cut down power theft in the various communities.
Some store owners attributed the wave of power theft in the area to the high cost of the use of private generators.