Father and three sons burn to death in Cross River
A family of four, including, a father, Okon Esua Abanga and three sons were burnt to death in Calabar, Cross River State in a bid to lit a lantern.
An eyewitness, who is a member of the same Church with the victims, The Presbyterian Church, gave an account of how the incident took place.
In her account, she said one the children was reading for his WAEC when he ran out of kerosene, and the mother told him to refill the lantern since there was no public electricity supply and "instead of kerosene fuel was carried and poured into the lantern, and it exploded.''
There were about six of them in a room and a parlour apartment along Ikot Ekpo in Calabar Municipal local government area of the State.
It was said that immediately the explosion occurred, the force flung the daughter out to a distance. It was also gathered that there was a generator in the room, which may be responsible for the explosion.
The father was a retired teacher and was an associate Minister in the Presbyterian Church.
The daughter who was flung to a distance as a result of the force of the explosion is currently receiving treatment at the hospital due to injury sustained during the inferno.
The dead children are all boys, one was a student of the University of Calabar and should be about 18, the other who was writing WAEC exams should be 16, then the other ones are said to be around eight and six respectively.
When Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Irene Ugbo was contacted, he said, “It was a fire incident in the area. There was no electricity at that time.
The parent asked one of the victims to put kerosene in the lantern since there was no public electricity supply, and instead of kerosene fuel was carried and poured into the lantern, and it exploded.”
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