20 die scooping fuel from fallen tanker

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From OKEY SAMPSON, Aba

Tragedy struck at the weekend at Umuokpo in Amairinabuo Community of Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State when a fuel tanker exploded, killing several people and injuring others.

Unconfirmed report had it that over 20 people, who rushed to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker, were burnt to death, while others, including 10 persons, said to be on danger list in a mission hospital in the area, sustained various degrees of burns.

However, another source said only three persons had been confirmed dead.

The incident, which happened at Kilometre 10 on the Aba/Ikot Ekpene Highway last Friday, was said to have occurred when a Mack fuel tanker with the registration number ABIA: XA 976 KKE, heading towards Aba, got stuck in mud as a result of bad road condition.

The driver, in an attempt to move the tanker, hired a towing van.

And in the process of pulling it out, the tanker fell on its side and spilled the content.

Immediately the incident occurred, some villagers were said to have rushed to the scene to scoop fuel.

Chief Friday Erengwa, a community leader in whose house frontage the tanker fell, told Daily Sun: “Immediately the incident occurred, villagers rushed to scoop fuel and despite the fact that I came out from my house to warn them against the dangers inherent, they did not listen.

“Even the driver of the tanker made every effort to dissuade the villagers from scooping fuel from the tanker, but they turned a deaf ear.”

It was gathered that some of the villagers were still scooping the product when a commuter bus going to Aba from the Ikot Ekpene wanted to pass through where the tanker had fallen.

In the process, the bus fell into a crater on the road, the exhaust pipe touched a hard surface on the road and ignited fire, which immediately spread to the nearby fallen tanker and burnt everything within its range.

When Daily Sun visited the scene, the fuel tanker was still on fire 24 hours after the incident, even as the villagers decried the attitude of fire fighters from Aba who they said, came when the fire was raging but went back.

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  2. Poverty, hunger and depravity. What a waste! May their souls rest in peace. Nigeria, Nigeria, the falcon can no longer hear the falconer.

  3. We should stop justifying evil with unfounded reasons. Poverty does not warrant u to take what does not belong to you or to go and commit suicide.

    • Pple should be patient enough to read & digest a story b4 making comments dat are at variance wth d story. @Ezeafulukwe told us dat deaths resulting frm d explosion in Abia state ws bcos of poverty, hunger & depravity & dat is even clearer than 7up to all realists. I do not understand any reason why @Big Daddy is contesting dis. Pls sir Big Daddy, d’u reside here in Nigeria? Or one of those residing in Europe dat are far frm what we go thru’ daily over here? May God help us.

      • If ones takes what belongs to another without his consent ,it is a form of robbery. It appears our people have become so depraved that their conscience is now at peace with stealing.

        I have heard stories of parents staging thanksgiving for ”prosperity” of their wards in kidnapping business.

  4. It is a pity that this PARTICULAR INCIDENT is Repeating Itself. If u guys can remember, a similar event occured last two months or so and claimed about 80 lives. When will we learn as Nigerians? Why are we scooping/stealing fuel that doesn’t belong to us? When will the average Nigerian learn not to be greedy for material gain? Is it so hard for us to learn from past mistakes? It pains me when I see it on the news that Nigerians are dying ignorantly. May their souls have peace in death.

  5. Their souls can not rest reason because they re thieves. Does that tanker loaded with motor spirit belongs to them or their families? What a rubbish, how many times will people be informed that such mission of scupping fuels re dangerious. Send their remains to pigs, these ones re not human beings at all, stupor.

    • Let the living learn again from this. If not they shall one day be like these ones. As for their souls, only God knows how to judge them.

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  7. Wht a tragedy is dis,nigerian it hi tym we stop diein of illetrecy n ignorance now!!!! Haba dis 1 is bcomin 2 mucho oooo, i dn’t no why som ppl don’t value dis precious lif,hunga n poverty we finish us.

  8. 4rm enugu. Wht a tragedy is dis,nigerian it hi tym we stop diein of illetrecy n ignorance now!!!! Haba dis 1 is bcomin 2 mucho oooo, i dn’t no why som ppl don’t value dis precious lif,hunga n poverty we finish us.

  9. Why can’t they learn lesson 4rm de P/H incident? They cos their death. Well may de Gud LORD 4give dem & accpt their soul. AMEN.

  10. The price of greedy… but its unprofessional for sun publishers to impose this picture which has been circulating in the net since 2010

  11. Divine justice for village criminers….big lessons for others. This also happened in Sosoliso plane crash when villagers close to the scene of of the crash went out to pick dead people belongings rather than dead bodies. Idiots!!!

  12. Sad story.

    However the Sun should know better not to recycle this overused internet picture. Story caption is “MASS SUICIDE: 20 die scooping fuel from fallen tanker” yet picture displays close to hundred (if not more) burnt bodies.

  13. It neither poverty or hunger that caused it o. It is illiteracy and wickedness. What will villagers do with fuel? Put it in gallons and stand by the road side to sell? Or put it in their stove as kerosine? May their souls rest in heaven for they have received their punishment on earth.

  14. Poverty and hunger should NEVER be used excuses by some Nigerians to always go and scoop fuel from fallen tankers. This is just the continued manifestation of EXCESS GREED which runs in so many bloods in this country. Our value system has long been completely eroded.

  15. Who said this is Poverty.When devil wants to entangle you to death even the Voice of the Holy Spirit you wont hear.Others wont learn now.This is not the first or Second we are having this kind of Sociatal ills but People wont hear.May their Souls Rest as They Wish.

  16. Pple can never lean frm the past mistakes of others.,it’s a pure case of suicide ,meanwhile,readers are invited to come and buy their christmas shoes from Eskimo shoes connections modern mkt makurdi and shop number 16 Atomkpera rd mkd

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  18. what a painful and shameful death,but you people should know that the govt is the major cause of there death,b/c if we have good roads the Tanker must ve not fall,i leant that the main course of this tragedy is bad road,if there is good road this disaster wont happen,if there is street light witt cctv cameras,u wont see night armed robbers, our bad govt is the major cause of this rubbish in nigeria. They are to blame.Theodore orji or whatever u call ur self take note

  19. It is high time people shld learn frm past mistake of others. These people just wasted their lives in an attempt to take what does not belong to them. Instead of smpathysing with d person whose product got spoiled they went to scuupe it. In addition, Govt shuld do sth about the deporable condition of that road. Its too bad.

  20. If another tanker falls now pple will stil run there to fetch fuel as if its water. I don’t know many people behave like GOATS. Unfortunately they are not alive to regret it

  21. SINCE 1999 NIGERIANS HAS DIED IN MILLIONS, IN VARIOUS WAYS AS IF NIGERIA IS IN WAR, WHY SO RESTLESSNESS IN SUCH MAGNITUDE? THE TANKER FALL BECAUSE OF OUR SO CALLED FEDERAL ROADS, SHAME TO THIS PEOPLE I SWEAR NIGERIA IS IN HELL, NIGERIAN ARE IN HELL THEY JUST EXIST BUT NOT LIVING, WHICH WAY NIGERIA,? POVERTY CAN CAUSE ANYTHING, EVEN SELF POVERTY CAN BLOCK SOMEONES EAR FROM HEARING THE SOUND OF DEATH, NIGERIAN ARE IN HELL AND THEY ARE JUST LEAVING, THEY DONT ENJOY ANY SOCIAL AMINITIES OOOH NIGERIA, GOWON IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THIS, WHEN BIAFRA SAY LETS GO GOWON SAID NO, IF BIAFRA WAS ESTABLISHED THEN AND ODUDUWA ALSO ESTABLISH ON ITS OWN THEN THE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE FIGHT TO MAKE HER OWN PART A BETTER LIVING PLACE, BUT LOOK AT THE PICTURE YOU CRY FOR NIGERIA SHAME TO OUR USELESS POLITICIANS

  22. The government is to blame for all this.
    It is poverty that made the people take the risk to scoop some fuel so they can sell to get some money. It is not stealing because the fuel would have evaporated if no one scooped it.
    Their actions were caused by illiteracy because they were not educated enough to know the danger in what they were doing.
    This was caused by the government because it is the right of citizens to be given good education by the government.
    There is a lot of poverty because the government officials are busy stealing the nation’s resources and not creating jobs for people.
    The tanker fell because of the bad road. The exhaust of the commercial bus caused the spark because of the bad road. The road was in a bad state because of corruption and mismanagement. With the money Nigeria makes from oil there should be no bad road in the country. PTF used just a small percentage of the money from petrol sales to do the work they did.
    Meanwhile, where was the police or road safety to seal off the area to stop anybody from going there until the place was safe?
    God will judge us all when we die and leave this world with nothing. People die everyday in Nigeria indirectly because of corruption by government officials.

    Please do not blame the poor and ignorant people that died. May their souls rest in peace.

  23. Lack of orientation and illiteracy has contributed to this, because this is not the first time this incident has occurred in this country, but people will not listen. This is greed. Can 25 liters of fuel enrich this victims? that’s the question they forget to ask. It’s a pity for their lives.

  24. THE WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS
    AS YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN, I AM FROM RIVERS STATE AND MARRIED AN IGBO WOMAN FROM UMUAHIA. THE ATTITUDE OF MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS TELL ME A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT THE IGBOS. I CAN CONFIRM THAT GOD IS WITH THE IGBOS. MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS ARE FANTASTIC PEOPLE. I HAVE 8 CHILDREN , FOUR BOYS AND FOUR GIRLS FROM MY DEAR WIFE. THEY ARE THE PRIDE OF MY COMMUNITY TODAY. MY SECOND WIFE IS FROM IS FROM AKURE AND SHE HAS 3 CHILDREN FOR ME. SHE ALWAYS COMMENDS THE IGBOS. SHE IS STILL WITH ME AND ALL OF US LIVE IN HARMONY TOGETHER.
    YORUBAS LISTEN. IT IS US NON-IGBOS THAT DID WRONG TO THE IGBOS DURING THE CIVIL WAR. THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE LIES GOWON AND HIS BROTHERS TOLD US IN THE RIVERS STATE AT THAT TIME. THEY TOLD US THAT IF WE LEAVE THE PROPERTY OF THE IGBOS, WE WOULD BE THE GREATEST LOSERS. CEAZE THEIR PROPERTY AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE MEANS TO SURVIVE AND YOU WILL BENEFIT FROM THAT. THEY TOLD US THAT THE IGBOS ARE BAD AND WOULD BUILD ALL OVER THE STATE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE NO PLACE TO BUILD IN FUTURE. WE BELIVED THEM AND SEAZED THEIR PROPERTY. WE SACKED THEM FROM OUR STATE. THEY WENT TO THEIR STATE, SOUTH/EASTEN STATE. WE THOUGHT THEY WERE DYING. THEY SURVIVED MORE THAN US WHO WERE DECEIVED BY AND AWOLOWO. PLEASE DO NOT BE ANNOYED BECAUSE I MENTION AWOLOWO HERE. WE NIGERIANS OWE APOLOGY TO THE IGBOS BECAUSE WE DID THEM WRONG BY THE WAY WE TREATED THEM DURING THE WAR. I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU WILL FEEL IF THE BUILDINGS YOU IN ONITSHA , OWERRI, ENUGU WERE TO BE SEAZED BY THESE STATES ESPECIALLY IF ANOTHER PERSON FROM ANOTHER STATE WERE TO INSTIGATE THAT SEISURE. IF YOU ARE FROM LAGOS , AND HAD BUILDINGS IN IBADAN, AKURE, ONDO OSHOGBO WERE TO BE SEIZED BY AN INSTIGATION FROM SOMEBODY FROM THE NORTH. YOU ARE FROM THE WESTERN REGION AS THE IGBOS WERE FROM THE EASTERN REGION. WE WERE THE SAME REGION UNTIL GOVWON DECEIVED US TO DO WHAT WE DID.
    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU HAD £2,000,000, IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND SOMEBODY CAME AND SAID YOU HAVE RIGHT TO ONLY £20? THINK ABOUT IT. SURELY YOU WILL FEEL VERY BAD. DURING AND AFTER THE WAR ONE OF OUR BROTHERS, A WRITER WOULD NOT LET IGBOS TO REST. HE PAID FOR IT. YOU CANNOT SLAP A BABY AND AT THE SAME TIME TELL HIM NOT TO CRY. I AN NOW 84 YEARS OLD AND WHAT I SAY IS TRUE BECAUSE I WAS AROUND WHEN MEETINGS WERE HELD TO SEE WHAT TO DO WITH THE IGBOS. I DID NOT KNOW THE IMPLICATIONS UNTILL SOME FEW YEARS LATER. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE IGBOS. WERE NOT.
    MY DEAR PEOPLE FROM YORUBA LAND, CHINUA ACHEBES WRITE-UP DID NOTN INSULT THE YORUBAS. HE TALKED ABOUTG ONE PERSON LATE CHIEF AWOWLO. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN IT AS IF ACHEBE INSULTED THE YORUBA RACE. YOU ARE WRONG. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND WRITE. THE HOUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US HERE IN THE SOUTH IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT. THE OTHER DAY A FRIEND OF MINE TOOK US TO HOTEL PRESIDENTIAL IN PORT HARCOURT. THIS WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS CAME UP. ONE ALHAJI AND HIS FRIENDS WERE ON A DIFFERENT TABLE EATING AND DRINKING. I HEARD THEM SAY THAT IF THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS FIGHT, THAT THEY IN THE NORTH WILL BE VERY HAPPY. I WANTED TO CHALLNGE THEM BUT MY FRIEND RESTRAINED ME FROM DOING SO. THE WRITING OF ACHEBE SHOULD NOT CAUSE THIS TYPE OF ACRIMONY. MY PEOPLE SAY NOW THAT IF THE IGBOS ARE ELIMINATED, IT WILL BE VERY EASY FOR THE NORTH TO OVER RUN THE SOUTH TO FULFILL WHAT AHMADU BELLOW SAID. THAT PUSHING THE SOUTH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. YORUBA PEOPLE, PLEASE STOP THIS WAR.
    TO THE IGBOS
    YOU SUFFERED HUMILIATION AT THE INSTANT OF THE NORTHERNERS. YOU DID NOT DIE RATHER YOU CAME UP STRONGER THAN YOU WERE. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO FORGIVE AND FORGETWHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. LOOK AQT THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS. THEY SUFFERED AND NOW SEE HOW STRONG THEY ARE. MY FATHER USED TO TELL ME THAT IGBOS HAVE JEWS ORIGIN. MY SON WHO WENT TO ISRAEL LAST MONTH TOLD ME THAT SOME NAMES THERE ARE LIKE IGBO NAMES. A BOOK I READ SOME FOUR YEARS AGO SAID THAT THE IGBOS HAD THEIR ORIGIN IN THE HEBREW. THEY ARE GOD’S PEOPLE. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS WAR OF WORDS TOBRING SOMETHING NASTY IN THE SOUTH. THE HAUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US IN THE SOUTH. YORUBA/IGBO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. LET US IN THE SOUTH FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER. NO MORE RANCOUR, NO LOVE LOST. LET US LIVE TOGETHER. WOLE SONYINKA, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLE. CHINUA ACHEBE, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLETO STOP AND FORGIVE THE INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED. GOD WILL HELP THEM.
    LONG LIVE YORUBA, LONG LIVE IGBO, LONG LIVE US IN THE RIVERS STATE. I SAY RIVERS STATE BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY TIBES HERE. SO I PREFER TO USE THE WORD RIVERS STATE.

    • Hi, My voice thanks a lot for this write up, Ibos are ready to mend faces with Rivers & it’s people only if your people should come out from your shelves and embrace your brother’s the Ibo’s ok!!!

    • Hi, My voice thanks a lot for this write up, Ibos are ready to mend faces with Rivers & it’s people only if your people can come out from your shelves and embrace your brother’s the Ibo’s ok!!!, though i’m 4rm OHAJI.

  25. a word is enough for the wise,this story of death by scoopping fuel is old story that has guffed many lives, so those who still went after it just commits suicide, any body that commit suicide will not in peace, govt should also try and put our roads in other, that is the where the problem is coming from,if the road is in order the tanker will not fall to atract people to scoope fuel,govt have question to answer before God,we are blessed with everything but the govt officials are saving for their 1000 generations to come,what a selffish people we have as leaders.rip 4 d dead.

  26. Its really annoying how the media mis-direct informations. The picture that was shown above is fake. They said 20 people and do you count the people down there? Another funny thing is that this picture have been publish since 2001 so I wonder why they can’t give us the real picture of what happened. May God help this our Country.

  27. those that died killed themselves and i will never feel sorry for them,,,,,,, i believed that this is not the first time such thing is happening in Nigeria and people still risking their life for nothing….. how much will they make from that fuel.

  28. i am tired of my people…how long will our people know that a fuel tanker is a time bomb?now just look at it death and untimely one for that matter well may there soul rest in peace.

  29. I think it is high time that everyone started serious awareness and sensitization as in HIV/AIDS on the danger of scooping fuel.

  30. still pity them, na porvaty. BUT WHY NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS USE TO GIVE FALSE FIRURE NEWS, THE BODY SEEN ARE MORE THAN 20.

    • it is because the picture represents event that occurred elsewhere. there is fruad in every area of our national life. it is indeed a shame.

  31. it is out of greed to collect what does not belong to you. illiteracy is not good and people should stop rush to collect fuel frm felled tanker

  32. Poor journalism: you said you wen there while the tanker was still burning, where is the picture of the burning tanker? This picture you put here seems similar to a past picture of a similar incident and the number of death burnt corpses in this picture is more than 20! Please count again! Having said that it is unfortunate that Nigerians never learn from previous similar incidents. That is why Nigeria is still a 3rd world country. Lord have mercy!

  33. why is it that Nigeria don’t want to learn from other peoples mistake, this is not the first time this tragedy is happening in this country but some people preferred to die in such shameful manner. please Nigerians learn how to learn from others mistake.

  34. My Voice, I dont think you have anything to say about this incident of fuel tanker and the victims. What has it to do with Gowon, Biafra and so on. Who is interested in your polygamous family issues and harmony. Are the Igbos asking you for apology for the offence you did not commit? You better thank God that there was nothing like Biafra and Nigeria as at then,because the Igbos would have dominated everything and nobody would ve heard anything about you. Any way, May the souls of those victims rest in peace, even as they were stubborn.

  35. Kalu J. Okafor on

    Free for all to death. How could our people be so senselessly greedy. I bet you those involved are not that poor. Bad roads are putting up baits. ‘Chop and quench’. Please Sun should mind the pictures they display. This is too graphic. It is offending to many.

  36. people never listen, how can somebody sees death and goes to it. When they inscribe on the tank that carries fuel “highly inflammable”, what do you understand it means. Please be careful, life has no duplicate, these people have gone and have gone forever

  37. Tin tin nabulations on

    This report is very incongruous with the above picture since the story is yet to confirm the casualty figure. However, it does not take affluence or poverty to understand that gasoline is highly inflammable & disasterous with previous experiences. Its no longer a case of dying for lack of knowledge but out of greed. What a pity for the unfortunate families. Not withstanding, the govt. Should increase the awareness & sensitization through community leaders on the dangers of this adventure.

  38. Poverty is turning Nigeria to another thing,they died because they have nothing believing they could make some stipends out of it.

  39. My question is; does it mean that Federal Government of Nigeria don’t have money to work bad roads in Nigeria? or are they only after of doing Negotiation with so called BOKO HARAM TERRORIST? My people, Is now South South & South East will acknowledge the reason why late Ojukwu flighted for Sovereign state of Biafra; i can not see the reason why people are dieing here and there because of Bad Road ,and now Federal Government have leave normal work to do and now focus in doing Ceasefire dialogue with Nonsense Terrorist Group call their self Boko Haram, and i never see a place where government do Negotiation with Terrorist is only our Country Nigeria it’s will held. May God open the eye of our leaders to see. No negotiations with Boko Haram Terrorist, let Federal Government use the money to work Road and save the life of new Nigerian. If our leader have ear let them hear.

  40. okocha justice on

    this is bad road in action, Government should do something quick about the roads in eastern Nigerian, most especially the Aba roads

  41. Esther Chy Okenwa on

    It’s a pity that some people don’t learn lesson from what happens to others except to them, some may not leave to tell d story.

  42. LIVE POVERTY AND HUNGER OUT OF THIS, PEOPLE KNEW IT’S DANGEROUS TO GET CLOSE TO THINGS LINK THIS NOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HUNGER???

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  44. Okaafor Prince on

    after our lord Jesus Christ finishes his peaches with his disciples he said to them he who have ear let him listen.this is not our first time of hearing this in our state, country, and warld. so sometimes people course problem to themselves all in the name of to meeting up

  45. We need not sympathise with idiots because that is exactly what they are. I must tell you something-a prophesy, if you like, many other nigerians will soon die via the same process before the week runs out. Ileterate idiots have begun their journey to hell fire from hell fire. I don’t pity them at all. Is the only country where tankers ferry petroleum products and they spill over?

  46. George Ojeka Agocha on

    It has been the case of cruel, unconventional and tragic doubts in the mind of some people of Nigeria,who are simple minded that those who have gone to the proverbial forest-i.e,died earlier in the same act of trying to get ‘awuf’, were not careful,and that theirs would be different just like an armed robber would say concerning himself while his colleague had been killed in the same act and in his presence.Every man must and should know the incontrovertable fact that a foolish way that leads to the demise or misfortune of one person also frawn at the foolish way of another,whether or not the latter believes this fact or lump same.May their genttle or stubborn souls rest in perfect or imperfect peace as the case may me.

  47. But what is really wrong with Nigerians? Despite the same inccident that happend about 2 months ago in Ahoada east of rivers state that was on air and always televised for people to stay away of such but they would not listen. I don’t hav anything to say here.

  48. yup, it is true dat we hv bad roads. But dis is nt the first time we r havin dis kind of experience in dis country. People have been told nt 2 scoop fuel in dis kind of incident, but dey won’t hear. I call it greediness. May d lord welcome dia soulz.

  49. Chief freeborn ayoma on

    Nigeria need great prayer suchl urge, all men of God. To pray for our nation as death roll is getting too much trillions of our loved ones has been dieying daily in different areas, through proverty still contributed.

  50. Fellow pastors, please let us intensify teaching and counseling on true value system as against influenced behaviour during periods of challenges manifesting as scarcity and power mongering.

  51. Please His Excellency the Governor of Abia State, help repair our bad roads which are now death traps. Help ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh for Christ sake.

  52. Covetousness is a disease!The devil has stole, killed and destroyed them. Let the living learn a great lesson NOW.

  53. Pastors in Nigeria should please teach and counsel people more on true values especially in times like this.

    The National Orientation Agency should step into working on people’s psyche . The economy is biting deeper with cost of movement becoming costlier hence the temptation on lower minds

  54. this things could be avoided by creating rail transport to be transporting fuel and other sensitive materials , but in the case of Nigeria our rail system is still under rehabilitation, many souls have gone through this kind of accident.. unfortunate, may their soul rest in peace. the issue is that no many people in the rural areas have access to television or radio sets in terms of information delivery.

  55. The sun should not try to misinform the puplic by not using the actual pictures of the scene. They should always show the the truth, the real thruth and nothing but the truth.

  56. THE WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS

    AS YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN, I AM FROM RIVERS STATE AND MARRIED AN IGBO WOMAN FROM UMUAHIA. THE ATTITUDE OF MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS TELL ME A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT THE IGBOS. I CAN CONFIRM THAT GOD IS WITH THE IGBOS. MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS ARE FANTASTIC PEOPLE. I HAVE 8 CHILDREN , FOUR BOYS AND FOUR GIRLS FROM MY DEAR WIFE. THEY ARE THE PRIDE OF MY COMMUNITY TODAY. MY SECOND WIFE IS FROM IS FROM AKURE AND SHE HAS 3 CHILDREN FOR ME. SHE ALWAYS COMMENDS THE IGBOS. SHE IS STILL WITH ME AND ALL OF US LIVE IN HARMONY TOGETHER.

    YORUBAS LISTEN. IT IS US NON-IGBOS THAT DID WRONG TO THE IGBOS DURING THE CIVIL WAR. THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE LIES GOWON AND HIS BROTHERS TOLD US IN THE RIVERS STATE AT THAT TIME. THEY TOLD US THAT IF WE LEAVE THE PROPERTY OF THE IGBOS, WE WOULD BE THE GREATEST LOSERS. CEAZE THEIR PROPERTY AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE MEANS TO SURVIVE AND YOU WILL BENEFIT FROM THAT. THEY TOLD US THAT THE IGBOS ARE BAD AND WOULD BUILD ALL OVER THE STATE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE NO PLACE TO BUILD IN FUTURE. WE BELIVED THEM AND SEAZED THEIR PROPERTY. WE SACKED THEM FROM OUR STATE. THEY WENT TO THEIR STATE, SOUTH/EASTEN STATE. WE THOUGHT THEY WERE DYING. THEY SURVIVED MORE THAN US WHO WERE DECEIVED BY AND AWOLOWO. PLEASE DO NOT BE ANNOYED BECAUSE I MENTION AWOLOWO HERE. WE NIGERIANS OWE APOLOGY TO THE IGBOS BECAUSE WE DID THEM WRONG BY THE WAY WE TREATED THEM DURING THE WAR. I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU WILL FEEL IF THE BUILDINGS YOU IN ONITSHA , OWERRI, ENUGU WERE TO BE SEAZED BY THESE STATES ESPECIALLY IF ANOTHER PERSON FROM ANOTHER STATE WERE TO INSTIGATE THAT SEISURE. IF YOU ARE FROM LAGOS , AND HAD BUILDINGS IN IBADAN, AKURE, ONDO OSHOGBO WERE TO BE SEIZED BY AN INSTIGATION FROM SOMEBODY FROM THE NORTH. YOU ARE FROM THE WESTERN REGION AS THE IGBOS WERE FROM THE EASTERN REGION. WE WERE THE SAME REGION UNTIL GOVWON DECEIVED US TO DO WHAT WE DID.
    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU HAD £2,000,000, IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND SOMEBODY CAME AND SAID YOU HAVE RIGHT TO ONLY £20? THINK ABOUT IT. SURELY YOU WILL FEEL VERY BAD. DURING AND AFTER THE WAR ONE OF OUR BROTHERS, A WRITER WOULD NOT LET IGBOS TO REST. HE PAID FOR IT. YOU CANNOT SLAP A BABY AND AT THE SAME TIME TELL HIM NOT TO CRY. I AN NOW 84 YEARS OLD AND WHAT I SAY IS TRUE BECAUSE I WAS AROUND WHEN MEETINGS WERE HELD TO SEE WHAT TO DO WITH THE IGBOS. I DID NOT KNOW THE IMPLICATIONS UNTILL SOME FEW YEARS LATER. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE IGBOS. WERE NOT.
    MY DEAR PEOPLE FROM YORUBA LAND, CHINUA ACHEBES WRITE-UP DID NOTN INSULT THE YORUBAS. HE TALKED ABOUTG ONE PERSON LATE CHIEF AWOWLO. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN IT AS IF ACHEBE INSULTED THE YORUBA RACE. YOU ARE WRONG. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND WRITE. THE HOUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US HERE IN THE SOUTH IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT. THE OTHER DAY A FRIEND OF MINE TOOK US TO HOTEL PRESIDENTIAL IN PORT HARCOURT. THIS WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS CAME UP. ONE ALHAJI AND HIS FRIENDS WERE ON A DIFFERENT TABLE EATING AND DRINKING. I HEARD THEM SAY THAT IF THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS FIGHT, THAT THEY IN THE NORTH WILL BE VERY HAPPY. I WANTED TO CHALLNGE THEM BUT MY FRIEND RESTRAINED ME FROM DOING SO. THE WRITING OF ACHEBE SHOULD NOT CAUSE THIS TYPE OF ACRIMONY. MY PEOPLE SAY NOW THAT IF THE IGBOS ARE ELIMINATED, IT WILL BE VERY EASY FOR THE NORTH TO OVER RUN THE SOUTH TO FULFILL WHAT AHMADU BELLOW SAID. THAT PUSHING THE SOUTH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. YORUBA PEOPLE, PLEASE STOP THIS WAR.

    TO THE IGBOS

    YOU SUFFERED HUMILIATION AT THE INSTANT OF THE NORTHERNERS. YOU DID NOT DIE RATHER YOU CAME UP STRONGER THAN YOU WERE. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO FORGIVE AND FORGETWHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. LOOK AQT THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS. THEY SUFFERED AND NOW SEE HOW STRONG THEY ARE. MY FATHER USED TO TELL ME THAT IGBOS HAVE JEWS ORIGIN. MY SON WHO WENT TO ISRAEL LAST MONTH TOLD ME THAT SOME NAMES THERE ARE LIKE IGBO NAMES. A BOOK I READ SOME FOUR YEARS AGO SAID THAT THE IGBOS HAD THEIR ORIGIN IN THE HEBREW. THEY ARE GOD’S PEOPLE. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS WAR OF WORDS TOBRING SOMETHING NASTY IN THE SOUTH. THE HAUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US IN THE SOUTH. YORUBA/IGBO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. LET US IN THE SOUTH FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER. NO MORE RANCOUR, NO LOVE LOST. LET US LIVE TOGETHER. WOLE SONYINKA, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLE. CHINUA ACHEBE, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLETO STOP AND FORGIVE THE INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED. GOD WILL HELP THEM.

    LONG LIVE YORUBA, LONG LIVE IGBO, LONG LIVE US IN THE RIVERS STATE. I SAY RIVERS STATE BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY TIBES HERE. SO I PREFER TO USE THE WORD RIVERS STATE.

    • THE STORY SENT BY “MY VOICE” IS REPEATED BY ” BONAF” THIS IS A POSTPAID SONG BY AN IGBO MAN. TOO GREEDY AND SELFISHLY SELF- CENTRED.
      FOR THOSE THAT DIED, WHETHER IT IS AS A RESULT OF POVERTY OR IGNORANCE, WE SHALL SAY MAY THEY SOULS REST IN PEACE AND THEIR FAMILITIES THE FORTITUTE TO BEAR THE LOSES BECAUSE OUR GOV’T FROM LOCAL TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL ARE IRRESPONSIBLE. BAD ROAD, INSECURITY, UNEMPLOYMENT ETC.
      MY FELLOW NIGERIANS, RISE UP TO YOUR CHELLENGES. STOP INSULTING ONE ANOTHER AND FACE THE GOV’T WHICH IS YOUR COMMON ENEMY.

  57. I’ll only say it’s daring of its highest kind. Going in2 lions den and having their hands put in its mouth2 check if it hz strong teeth. Our igbo adage says dt d death dt wil kil a dog doesn’t allow it 2 percieve d smell of an excreta.

  58. Ignorance is not an excuse in this case. How can people go ahead to take what does not belong to them? That is absolute stealing even when the owner or driver of the tanker is right there. Now tell me if the driver will not be happy that they all died.
    For me, they killed themselves while robbing so they died like armed robbers. Is anyone telling me that those that died are not christians and ought to have known that the Bible says that thou shall not steal? Are they ignorant of that too? Lets not deceive ourselves. Stealing is stealing no matter how it happen. You that is going to take what does not belong to you, even with that, the owner was right there. They are thieves. Its just unfortunate.

  59. I am John a Nigerian living in South Africa I am always saddened about incident that happens in Nigeria that could have been avoided due to lack of bad governance amid the wealth of the country, my question is, why was the police not called into action to disperse the people and why did the fire fighters went back? The head of the fighter responsible for ta area should be punished.

  60. Ignorance and greed at play. The village Chief and the driver warned them severally but they would not listen. The voice of death blocked their ears. It’s a pity. Why don’t we learn? Well, God have mercy. Let the living learn from this!

  61. “When death want 2 kill a puppy, it doesn’t allow it 2 percieve the smell of excreta” they were warned 2 keep off and live but they refused instead choose death. I only pity der families dat r facing d agony, shock, pain, & are mourning d lose.

  62. i always blame the govt for not developing our states.only bad road ve claimed over 500,000 lives in nigeria,pls govt do something for the masses at worst good road.

    • If the roads in Abia are good, if the govt of Abia state lived up to its responsibility by maintaining those road and not being committed to self enrichment alone, all these cases of carnage and blood letting on our roads due to bad conditions of these roads wouldn’t have been reoccuring. What did it take Akpabio to engage Julius Berger to transform Akwa ibom roads? Abia is 20yrs or more behind so many other states in the country in terms of development.

  63. This is another way of reducing irresponsible people in the society , I think many of them are thieves and irresponsible sons and daughters. No reasonable and responsible person can involve him or her self in this mess.

  64. But the Amairinabuo community that came all out to kidnapp fuel, sorry, to scoop fuel, whats their mind? Having heard of repeated carnage always caused by this inglorious exercise. How did they forgot in a hurry of the Ahoada in River state similar incidence. Hmm. Hell fire here and hereafter. May God deliver His people.

  65. differe comments so far,pple ve so hard ear cos f miserable & self misser,too much speed z 1 spread ill,bad roads hw often ben renovated! A word z ful 4 a wise & z a second medic mum,if d deceases listen d fst voice dey ll nt ve 2 taste die o senseles.wat ll dey tel God?wen knw dat dings re nt belong 2 u.no robber ll c God.ooo srry

  66. It is not all about the federal government or the state government. Yes, they are to blame if you may say but the fault came from those who went to scoop fuel knowing fully well that it is dangerous. Anyway they are gone. What next? Where are their souls going to? At this point we find out that there is nothing in this life. Let’s all live a holy life and ask God for the grace because we don’t know what may happen next.

  67. When death wants to dog, it will never allow the dog to perceive the smell of shit. this is Nigeria it is not the first time it has being happening we know the dangers. but let this once more serve as a deterrent to others who might behave the same way. they were warned yet they gave deaf ears .may their souls rest in peace. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LEARN HOW TO MAINTAIN OUR ROADS.

  68. pls,people should learn from this accident.This is not the first time this type of thing has happened in this country.I think our people need to be content with what they have.We should also know that human life is more precious than any material thing you can think of.May their souls rest in peace.

  69. Look at how human beings were burnt like goats. This incident happened in Abia state where whose governor Iwuayanwu & co honoured recently for being worthy of “emulation”. What a shame. How much will it cost to fill the pot holes that have developed to gullies. Time is drawing nearer and judgement awaits all those who have shamelessly stolen our common wealth dry in the guise of being our governor. See the level we have degenerated, no value for human life. If one takes time to check Abia government records you will be surprised to find out that “billions” have been voted for this road even if it may be a federal road. That money will never ever be used to buy a head pan of sand and the billions will be said to have been expended for our welfare

  70. Nigerian and its environment its like hell fire already as a result of 2 much of untimely death,nigerians and its leader shuld pray for God forgiveness and healing of the land,nigerians are battling alot of hell fire here on earth,number one is boko haram,kidnapper,fire outbreak,arm rubber, hardship,corruption in high places by our so call leaders without vision , what we are witnessing is as a result of stagnation of thusand and million of jobless youth out there, may there, soul r .i ,p were there wii be know more hungar and painful death,the living shuld lean from this,

  71. The tanker fell… fuel spilled… villagers rushed to scoop the liquid gold… now they are iDead. When will Nigerians learn to run away from fuel? Some say it’s poverty, some say it’s depravity. I say it’s ignorance and sheer ineptitude. There’s a reason that substance is called premium motor SPIRIT. It catches fire and spreads like a… spirit. So fast that you could even see the air burning towards you! It is not the spilled fuel on the ground you should be afraid of. It is the vapourised fuel in the air (thanks to the Sun). One spark and it is the air that catches fire. Can you outrun the air??? Too bad.

  72. Nda Remi Obijur on

    I blame government a lot for allowing our roads to remain death traps, and those that died trying to benefit from another man’s calamity will still be tried in hell fire for theft.

  73. Which Way Nigeria on

    Government should see what bad roads are causing. But at the same time, some people don’t seem to understand. “Fly wei no dey hear, dey follow dead body dey enter grave”

  74. I HEARD SOMEONE MENTIONED THAT ONE OF THE RESPONDERS TALKS LIKES SOMEONE IN EUROPE THAT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NIGERIA: I WANT TO CLEAR SOME NOTIONS; SOME OF US IN EUROPE AND AMERICA ARE WELL INFORMED ABOUT THE HAPPENINGS IN NIGERIA; WE READ ALL NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS ONLINE SINCE WE HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET; BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT 95% OF THE NEWS ABOUT NIGERIA IS ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE AND IT IS HEART BREAKING : POVERTY IS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN NIGERIA; SOME PEOPLE TERMED THE VICTIMS ROBBERS AND THEIVIES BUT IN THE REAL SENSE OF IT THEY DID NOT PUSH THE TANKER DOWN TO STEAL FROM IT RATHER THEY ARE TRYING TO EXPLORE THE SITUATION TO SURVIVE: IF NOT FOR POVERTY NOBODY WILL RISK HIS OR HER LIFE IN SUCH A SITUATION: ALL I AM ASKING IS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING OF THE MASSES BY PROVIDING THE BASIC SOCIAL AMENITIES SO THAT ALL THESE LOST OF LIVES WILL REDUCE TO THE BAREST MINIMUM: MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ARE CLAMOURING FOR POPULATION GROWTH AND WE ARE LOSING OURS CARELESSLY: NIGERIANS YOU ARE ALSO ADVICED NOT TO PUT YOUR LIVES ON THE LINE BECAUSE YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL: LIFE IS PRECIOUS STOP WASTING IT

  75. In as much as I sympathize with the families of those who lost their life in that tragic incident. I also want to remind most of us the readers that the sun newspapers are joking with us.
    Look at that picture and the news caption above , they said that 20 people died scoping fuel from a tanker, but the number of the people roosted in that picture is more than fifty (50) From my own observation, this picture is taking from one of the incidents in Joss crises. PLEASE LET SOMEONE HELP ME TELL SUN THAT WE ARE NOT KIDS. EVEN IF WE ARE, WE EXPECT THAT THEY TELL US TRUTH AND GIVE TO USE NEWS PURELY AS IT WAS/IS

  76. Jost like a rat that was cut in a trap so their life were also cut on the process of scoping the fuel.But my pple,all this things that is hppnin has already being program by satan in the coven world. As a christian you are his target and they need your blood, therefore ask the Holy spirit quiestion before involving your self in any action.May their soul rest in peace Amen.

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  78. NO!! let their souls not rest let them continue to scope fuel in the land of the dead. why can’t people learn from the mistakes of others? well, may God have mercy on them even though they died out of their own carelessness.

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