The robber had tried to access the shop through the ceiling
A middle aged man was yesterday electrocuted to death in Ebonyi while trying to loot a provision store located at No 22 Ezza Road Abakaliki.
The man was electrocuted when he wanted to gain entrance into the shop in the early hours of the day through the door but could not succeed as the inner burglary proof door proved too hard to cut open.
The burglar in an attempt to loot the shop, went to the tailoring shop beside the provision store and forced the door open and gained entrance into the provision store through the ceiling.
Confirming the incident the Ebonyi Police Pubic Relations Officer, Sylvester Igbo said that the burglar who went into the shop when there was power failure in the area was electrocuted when the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in their usual fashion restored power to the area.
His word, ?This morning we received information that a burglar broke into a shop that is located at No 22 Ezza Road, while he was in the ceiling, of course at the time he went into the place there was no light, while he was in the ceiling trying to gain entrance eventually their was electricity and he was electrocuted.
?When the owner of the shop came to the place this morning and saw that the shop?s doors were damaged she alerted the police who came and discovered that somebody was lying dead in the ceiling.
?The corpse was yet to be identified and has been deposited at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) for autopsy. Police has commenced full investigation to unravel what happened, if he came with other accomplishes and how many people that went with him.?
Mrs Chukwu Virtue the owner of the shop noted that she had lost over N1.8m to the constant burglaries of her shop which she said made her to install the inner burglary proofs.
According to her it has been a long time that robbers have been visiting my shop. This is the eightieth time. So, it was this morning that my younger brother came to open the shop to discover that the padlock to the shop has been cut down but the inner one did not allow them to penetrate so they decided to follow the roof of my neighbour?s shop who is a tailor to my own shop.