Policeman loses 4 children to fire in Zamfara

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From ATTAHIRU AHMED, Gusau

A police corporal, Jeremiah Yusuf, has lost four children in a fire incident at Tudun-Wada Quarters of Gusau, Zamfara State. The night inferno occurred at the residence of the police corporal following alleged sudden restoration of electricity at Tudun Wada area in Gusau metropolis.

An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity told Daily Sun that the electricity was restored in the area at about 1 a.m. when people were believed to have retired to bed. “When the light was restored, it was in full current and as a result there was a minor spark which continued unabated and the next thing we saw was smoke coming out of the building and people were running, trying to put off the fire.” Children of the police officer who died were Faith Yusuf, 15 years, Emmanuel 13years, Angela, 10 years and Favour Yusuf , 7 years. Yusuf, who said he watched his children burn helplessly before him and could not do anything to save them, added that he became aware of the incident at about 1a.m when his sister-in-law rushed into his bedroom shouting that the four-bedroom house was on fire.

“When I woke up I noticed that even the mattress that I was lying on had also caught fire and that was when I thought of my children, who were all sleeping in the same room,’’ he said. The corporal said before he could do anything the ceiling had caved in and killed them.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Hassan Atto, urged Yusuf during a condolence visit to consider the tragedy as an act of God. Atto promised that the state government would assist him to cushion the effects of the loss. The SSG said government would reposition the Fire Service to meet eventualities, especially “as we enter into harmattan season.” Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Usman Gwary and the Divisional Police Officer of Tudun-wada Police Station, Abubakar Shika, had paid their condolence visits to the bereaved corporal.

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    The SSG said government would reposition the Fire Service to meet eventualities, THATS ANOTHER LIE. YOU SEE IN POLICE QUARTERS NO FIRE SERVICE, WE ARE SO DOOMED IN THIS COUNTRY

  7. “The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Hassan Atto, urged Yusuf during a condolence visit to consider the tragedy as an act of God”

    God is not responsible for any act that causes pain to humanity. Mr Atto, you need to ask GOD for pardon.

  8. @ easyboy, chukwudi nawa 4 una oh. Ds na death issue and u r busy showin ur joke & biz stufs, it is nt gud m dear, jst show sympathy, R.I.P

  9. Its so unfortunate this has happened. Loosing all you could ever lived for in one night. Watching them die before you without being able to do anything! Its heart breaking but God knows best. Mr Yusuf,its not what happens to you but your reaction to life events that mars or make you. Behind the cloudy sky there’s always a shining sun. The best is yet to come. Be consoled.

  10. What a tragic & monumental loss. Pls take heart mr corporal, its one of those odds about life. May their souls rest in perfect peace. Aameen

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