More than 30 people passed away while watching a live football game in Calabar, state capital of Cross River after a high-tension electricity cable broke from its bay and fell on the roof of the building.
Channel TV reports that the football fans were assembled at the center of the stadium to watch the UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht on cable TV, a game the host won 2-1 (3-2) on collective to progress to the semifinals.
A survivor told The Punch that there was an explosion of a transformer near the viewing center located in the Iyang-Esu area of the Calabar Municipal Government. The explosion happened during the match and caused a high-tension cable to drop to the viewing center.
“It happened during the match between Manchester United and Anderlecht. I heard a deafening bang. I rushed out to see what was happening. When I turned back to go inside the viewing center, I saw a cable blowing down on the center and this killed the viewers in the hall.
It was a horrible sight to behold. I wish I didn’t come out to watch the match. Come to think of it, I have DStv at home but I enjoy watching matches at viewing centers. I could have been dead. I can’t believe that the people I was chatting and joking with a few minutes ago are all gone in a most anguishing way. This world is vain,” the survivor said amid tears.
According to another resident, the whole thing happened within a minute or two. It happened about 9:48 pm, and that those who died have been taken to the mortuary. A few survived and were taken to hospitals.
Irene Ugbo, Police Public Relations Officer of Cross River State Command confirmed the incident, but the total number of casualties would be confirmed on Friday, April 21.