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Regional News of Wednesday, 26 October 2022


Victim laments how his wife died in gas explosion due to flood

Musa Muhammed is a Kogi resident Musa Muhammed is a Kogi resident

Musa Muhammed has recounted how his life took a bad turn following the floods that hit Lokoja, Kogi State.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Post, Muhammed who is also a vigilante said the death of his wife in a gas explosion made his life unbearable.

Narrating the incident, he told Daily Post: "It appears we are the first person sacked by flood in Adankolo under Lokoja Local Government. When we saw the water coming close to our house, immediately I moved my family to another house which I rented. It wasn’t funny at all because I just renewed my rent in my previous house. Since I needed a safer place for my family, I quickly looked for money for a new apartment."

"Unfortunately, after moving into our new apartment, my wife and I never knew that there was a leakage in our cooking gas. She wanted to cook that unfaithful day, she lit the gas and it exploded. My wife was burnt beyond recognition, two of my kids were also burnt, including me. But mine wasn’t severe compared to that of my wife."

He continued: "It is just like from frying pan to fire. Immediately, people in the neighborhood rushed all of us to the hospital. I wasn’t bothered about my own pains, but that of my family. When they took us to the hospital, the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja requested for N1.7m to embark on surgery for my wife. I became confused because in my entire life, I have not touched N200,000 talk more of N1.7m."

"I started calling for help from different places. Just because I want to save my wife’s life, the bike I bought not up to a month for N350,000, I sold it for N100,000 just to raise money. Some people came to my aid to raise up to N700,000. Unfortunately, my wife still died because we couldn’t raise the complete money for the surgery. Thank God, my two kids are getting better from the burns. I feel like committing suicide because I have lost everything."

Musa who confirmed that he lives in an IDP camp with his two kids said: "since my wife died, it is as if my life is completely ruined. If someone had told me this would happen to me this year, I wouldn’t believe it."