Calabar Tragedy: Govt. Considers Legal Action Against PHED

The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has said that the state is considering taking legal action against the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), following what he described as negligence of duty on the part of the company which led to the electrocution of football lovers at Nyangasang, Calabar Municipality.

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“This is a clear case of negligence because normally, in International standards, when you design a power carrying structure like this one, as a transmission line, it is designed in such a way that at any point in time that there’s failure on the line, the cable cuts, it’s just by automation that power cuts off from such a cable.

“For us as the government of Cross River State, we will be meeting with a team of lawyers to tell us what to do,” Ayade stated.

The governor who thereafter, visited the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital to see survivors of the tragic incident, could not hold back his tears on sighting the critical state of some of them.

He, therefore, ordered that one of the most critically injured victims be flown abroad for proper medical attention.

As gathered by Channels Television, the victim, Ferdinand Anok, who was an immigration officer, suffered 80% burns which left his internal organs exposed.

“One of them needs to be taken out of the country and the state government will do that immediately. I have instructed the Commissioner for Health, she’s going to work with the Deputy Governor to ensure that we arrange an urgent visa and fly him out of the country.”

Governor Ayade also visited the community where he reassured them of the State government’s financial support especially for the families of the bereaved.

Calabar Tragedy: Ita-Giwa Leads Procession In Honour Of Victims

Women under the aegis of Mothers of Efik Kingdom have held a candlelight procession for the football fans who were electrocuted at a viewing centre in Calabar last week.

The procession was led by a former Special Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa.

This came a week after up to 30 football fans were electrocuted at a viewing centre in Nyaghassang community in Calabar, while they were watching the Europa League clash between Manchester United and Anderlecht.

The women and many youths, dressed in black, started the candlelight procession from the Access School Junction road in the town to the scene of the tragedy.

Ita-Giwa said the procession was aimed at commemorating their death and drawing attention to the needs of the community.

She said, “For such a profound painful thing to happen to a community like this, is not something that we should be quiet about. We felt that, for innocent people to come and die like that for their passion for football, we should come out and remember the day that it happened.”

Ita-Giwa called on stakeholders and football administrators to make their presence felt in the community.

“The Nigeria Football Federation must come to the aid of these people. I propose that they should come and build a stadium and make this place a football community in future. We will not stop talking on your behalf, that the world must give attention to this community”.

The Secretary of Nyaghassang Clan, Iso Baasey Edem, also participated in the procession.

The group had earlier visited some victims of the incident who were receiving medical attention at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

Man U Confirm Ibrahimovic Out With ‘Significant’ Knee injury

MourinhoManchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered significant knee ligament damage in the Europa League clash between the Red Devils and Anderlecht, the club confirmed in a statement on Saturday.

“Detailed investigations on the injuries sustained by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Thursday’s Europa League match have confirmed significant knee ligament damage in both players that requires specialist opinions over the coming days,” United said.

Reports in the British press suggest the Swede could be out for as long as nine months, but the club did not provide details of how long he and defender Rojo would be sidelined.

“Estimations of time to full recovery will only be possible once definitive treatment plans have been decided after these consultations,” the statement noted.

Ibrahimovic, United’s top scorer for the season with 28 goals, had landed badly during the game and is expected to miss the rest of the season and the chance to add to his legend at age 35.

The outspoken striker is approaching the end of his one-year contract with United and there have been talks of a renewal as well as links to a transfer to the US.

A lot could change with the injury.

Beside the injuries which pose a major threat to Jose Mourinho’s quest for a top four finish in the Premier League and Europa League glory for his side, Thursday’s clash was tragic for football fans in Nigeria.

Many fans who were watching the United-Anderlecht clash at a viewing centre in Calabar were electrocuted when a high-tension wire fell on the roof of the building.

United have since send their condolences to the families of the victim, while President Muhammadu Buhari said he was shocked and saddened by the tragedy.

United will take on Spanish side Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-finals on May 4 and 11, thanks to the costly victory.

Calabar Tragedy: Efik Mothers Plan Viewing Centre To Honour Victims

Calabar Tragedy: Akwa Ibom Gov. Sympathises With Cross RiverA group of women under the aegis of Mothers of Efik Kingdom have promised to rebuild the viewing centre in Calabar where disaster struck on Thursday.

Many football fans were electrocuted when a high-tension wire fell on the viewing centre while they watching the Europa League clash between Manchester United and Anderlecht.

The tragedy led to tributes from all over the world with Premier League giants Manchester United sending condolences to families of the victims.

On Saturday, the group led by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa visited the viewing centre in Nyasang Community to commiserate with the families of the deceased.

The women who laid a wreath at the viewing centre in memory of those that died, demanded a piece of land from the community for the construction of a new viewing centre.

Ita-Giwa told members of the community that the intention of the mothers was to build a modern viewing centre in memory of those that dies.

She said pictures of the football fans who lost their lives in the incident would be placed on the walls of the centre.

“As mothers, we are going to do our best to alleviate the suffering of people that lost loved ones,” she said.

Ita-Giwa called on football icons to support the project as a legacy for lovers of the game in the State.

The group promised to visit the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital where some of the Victims are currently undergoing treatment.

The Secretary of Nyasang Clan, Iso Bassey Edem, described the visit and attention the community was getting as a welcome development.