Power line kills fans watching Man Utd v Anderlecht match in Nigeria

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YENAGOA, Nigeria, April 21  – Seven Nigerian football fans died when a high-powered electricity line fell onto a building where they were watching Manchester United play Anderlecht on television late on Thursday, police said.

Another 11 people were injured, one of them critically, in in the coastal city of Calabar, an officer added.

A transformer exploded, sending a high-tension power wire falling onto the building’s roof during the broadcast of the Europa League quarter final, Tony Ine, a local resident who was walking past at the time, told Naija247news.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences on Friday, as did Manchester United on its Twitter account.

“Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria,” the club wrote.

 

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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