7 dead when electrical wire falls on Nigerian gathering

WARRI, Nigeria - (AP) -- Seven people are dead after a live electrical wire fell onto a gathering of people watching football in southern Nigeria, police said Friday, but residents said the death toll was higher.

Cross River state police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo said another 10 people were critically injured after the wire fell on the roof of a football viewing center in Calabar city on Thursday night.

Resident Ukeme Joseph put the death toll at 20 instead, saying more than 80 people were crammed inside at the time.

They had been watching a Manchester United match. Manchester United on Friday said in a tweet that the team's thoughts go out to those affected by the tragedy.

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has not commented on the incident, but authorities have said it is illegal to erect structures under high-tension cables.

"It was heart-wrenching that the lives of the young men were lost through electrocution," the state's governor, Ben Ayade, said in a statement. The statement did not mention a death toll.

Many Nigerians prefer to watch football games at the viewing centers, for a small fee, instead of watching at home.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Suffolk Police say a Wantagh man inappropriately touched 1 Police: Camp counselor arrested for sexually abusing minors
News 12 Long Island's Doug Geed takes a 2 Tasty Tuesday: Fresh spring ingredients
John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie of 3 Interview: John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie
News 12's Elisa DiStefano catches up with the 4 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/25
Farmingdale State College men's lacrosse player Ryan Wieczorek 5 FSC lacrosse player breaks team scoring record

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE