Ibadan, Nigeria – A man who was in his thirties has been electrocuted while allegedly destroying a campaign billboard in Challenge area of Ibadan metropolis.
Report has it that the man died while attempting to destroy one of the campaign billboards of a gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State.
It was gathered that the man was destroying a campaign billboard of Chief Adebayo Adelabu, the gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party in the 2023 elections when he was electrocuted, Daily Independent reports.
The man according to an eye witness got electrocuted when he touched the electric wire beside the billboard at the Challenge area of Ibadan on Friday.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymous said that the residents of the area had already warned the man against destruction of the campaign billboard.
He said, “We had cautioned him against destroying peoples’ properties around, but suddenly, we saw him shaking, and no one could move closer to him as it is obvious that he had mistakenly touched the electric wire beside the billboard”.
Media Director, Bayo Adelabu Campaign Organisation, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, on Saturday confirmed the incident to newsmen in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo state.
Tunji explained that there have been different reports of destruction of campaign billboards in the State. He added that Adelabu expressed deep regret about the incident.
Recalls that there are reports of destruction of campaign billboards of candidates of various political parties across the State as the 2023 general elections draw nearer.
Some of the campaign billboards that have been vandalized, destroyed or totally removed in recent times are those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) All Progressives Congress (APC) Accord Party (AP) New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).