More than 30 people including children have been reported killed in Atimbo, Calabar, the capital of Cross River State while they were watching UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht in a viewing centre when a high voltage from a transformer cut a high-tension electricity cable off of its pole and fell on the roof of the viewing centre in the night of Thursday, April 20.
Some reports have it that up to 80 football fans were in the viewing center when the accident happened, with some of them being injured while others managed to get away unharmed.
Electricity in the area was quickly cut off to prevent further damages.
However, another report has it that the Police say at least 7 people were killed in the incident while 11 others were injured.
The majority of the fans in the viewing center are reported to be Manchester United fans.
Manchester United, which won the match that ended in 3-2, sent its condolence to its Nigerian fans with a tweet saying “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”.
President Buhari has also given his condolences in a statement made by the Presidency which says “The President offers his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the mostly young victims, whose sudden demise is a big blow not only to their families but also to the football-loving nation. He prays that God Almighty will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn their irreparable loss.”