Tragedy in Calabar: 30 Football Fans Electrocuted in Viewing Centre

The tragic scene
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Tragedy struck Calabar, the Cross River state capital yesterday when 30 football fans were electrocuted after a high tension cable fell on the roof of the viewing centre where they were watching a live match. Channels Television reported that the victims were watching a UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht on satellite television.

Though Manchester United won the match 3-2 aggregate, with Marcus Rashford netting the winner in the 107th minute, the tragic event overshadowed the spirit of victory among football fans and the entire community in Calabar.

Eyewitness accounts have it that a high tension cable attached to a transformer near the viewing center cut snapped and fell on the zinc used to construct the roof of the viewing centre leading to the monumental tragedy.

The deadly cable on the roof of viewing centre
Photo credit: Channels

House of Death: Viewing Centre that Consumed 30 lives. (Photo credit: Channels)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. chisom Janefrances

    what a great tragedy.
    May God strengthen d family of d loss.

  2. nawaoo
    so sad

  3. Quite a pity.may God grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss

  4. seriously… nawaoooo

  5. So sad may their soul rest in peace

  6. this is terrible

  7. Ndubuisi Miracle Queen

    Some people with their terrible and shortcut wir8ng connection has unfortunately put innocent football fans in an unfortunate situation
    How much would it cost to call an electrician for a proper wire connection

  8. chai!!! wat a tragedy
    may God assist d bereaved in bearing this loss

  9. Ehyaa!..what a pity…God have mercy

  10. Ezenwajiugo Somto Prosper

    may their soul rest in peace

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