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Generator fumes kill seven persons in Bayelsa

Alambo Datonye

Seven persons have lost their lives after inhaling the fumes from a generating set inside a music studio along Transformer road at Amarata in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The deceased persons were said to be to working in the recording studio, owned by one of them identified as Akpos Barakubo, where the incident happened on Monday night breaking Tuesday.

According to  residents of the area, the crew members in the studio were working into midnight using their generating set due to absence of power supply in the state, and may have likely fallen asleep without switching off the generator.

Newsmen gathered that six bodies were discovered dead in the morning, while one was unconscious and rushed to the hospital where he later gave up.

It was also gathered that most of the deceased are undergraduates students of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Amassoma who are into  recording business to help themselves financially in school.

As of the time of filing this report, security operatives had cordoned off the area, while the corpses were evacuated and deposited at the mortuary.

A resident of the area, Mr Damion Asamonye, blamed the Port Harcourt Distribution Company for the death of the deceased, saying if there was adequate power supply, the situation would have been averted.

He lamented the power situation in Bayelsa State where the PHED  only supplies power when they want to collect bills  and leave customers in long hours of darkness again shortly after payment of the bills.

Another resident in the area, Mrs Joy Reuben, called on the Federal and Bayelsa State government to ensure that there is adequate power supply in the state to prevent such tragic incident from happening again.

Contacted, Spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Musa Muhammed, promised to get back to Journalists.

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