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Residents Recount Electrocution Accident in Calabar Viewing Centre

Ndabo Enobong Tommy, a community leader in Nyagasang, Calabar, and an eyewitness in the incident that led to the deaths of more than 30 people when high-tension cable fell on a house where some football fans were watching a Europa semifinal match on Thursday.

The game was between between Manchester United of England and Anderlecht of Belgium.

“It happened when NEPA took light. People had to run out for their dear lives and I was the last person to go out. As at that time, there was no casualty, but the viewers demanded that the owner should put on the generator, so that they can continue watching their match.

People rushed in to take their normal positions and watch the match, but 15 minutes later, light came again and the high tension cable fell on the ground.

So, there was a big spark, which blew the roof and people started running out in a stampede through the only exit and people were just falling over themselves by the door and dying.

All efforts to switch off the light were to no avail. So, I decided to call the Police and they rushed down here and also called PHEDC officials before they came to switch off the light.

Some of the people were taken away by their loved ones to hospitals of their own choice and that is why we cannot give account. But if we talk of the ones in the teaching hospital, they are up to 10 people, but the ones people took to different hospitals we don’t know. They are people living around here,” The Guardian quoted Ndabo as saying.

Another eyewitness said as they were watching the game, there was a loud explosion from the transformer which cut power, and the cable on the roof of the viewing centre.

Those in the viewing centre were reportedly aware that there was a high-tension cable on the roof, but remained in the centre, since power had gone out.

They told the owner of the centre to put on the power generator which he did.

They were watching the game when power was restored and the centre went up in flames.

“We watched the game for about 38 minutes and most of us that were there, especially those ones that were sitting around me, were dead. I cheated death because I believe God has a reason for keeping me, because I must fulfill my destiny,” A Manchester United fan and also an eyewitness, Oka Timothy, said.

Initial reports say more than 30 people died in the accident, but police report says 7 people died and several others were injured.

Governor Ben Ayade, FIFA, and Manchester United on Friday mourned their deaths and the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) says it has commenced full investigation to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the accident.

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Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

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Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has again proved that he is a sharp shooter after he confirmed the birth of his third child.

The Argentine pulled out of the Barça squad due to face Malaga in La Liga on Saturday due to the big news.

Messi confirmed the arrival of Ciro on Instagram, publishing a photograph of the newborn holding his father’s hand and revealing that everything had gone well.

Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

“Welcome, Ciro!” Messi wrote. “Thanks to God, everything went perfectly. Mother and baby are doing really well. We are super happy.”

Barcelona announced that Messi had withdrawn from the game in Andalusia for “personal reasons” and it was later reported in the Catalan press that his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, had given birth earlier in the day.

Messi and Antonella, who got married last summer in their native Rosario, already had two sons, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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Mohamed Salah Hopes to Score against Manchester United

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Mohamed Salah Hopes to Score against Manchester United

Mohamed Salah would be looking forward to getting at least a goal against Manchester United when they meet this weekend.

If Salah will complete a remarkable record of scoring against all the top six sides in the English Premier League this season.

The Egyptian is the joint top scorer in the division with 24 goals, which include strikes against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, with the Red Devils the only side missing in the top-six list.

Sarah, 25, is willing to complete the haul in Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford.

Recall that the summer signing fired blank against Jose Mourinho’s side when both sides clashed in October’s draw; a tie most remembered for David De Gea’s stunning save from a Joel Matip effort.

“I remember it [De Gea’s save]. I also missed an easy chance in that game, but he is great,” Salah told Sky Sports.

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Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

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Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

PSG forward Neymar will miss the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid after being diagnosed with a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle.

The 26 year old Brazilian was injured during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille. Statement from the club revealed that Neymar suffered “a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal”.

However, how long he would be out wasn’t disclosed.

Neymar joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.

 

PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.

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