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Tragedy: Family of 7 burnt to death in Benue



A family of seven have been burnt to death after a fire
engulfed their home in Ayankor, Gboko, Benue state.
According to an eyewitness, the inferno razed the block of
three flats, killing Mr. And Mrs. Lawani Oye and their five
children, as though other occupants of the building
managed to escape.
Lawani Oye was a popular automobile panel beater in
Gboko while his wife was a business woman in the
It was revealed that the fire started at about 1am, when
everyone had gone to sleep.
The eyewitness said: “The fire started at about 1am in Mr.
Oye’s flat when everyone in the neighbourhood, including
the victims of the inferno were asleep.
“It was his wife and mother of the dead children who we
popularly call Mama Tunde, who raised the alarm that
prompted other neighbours to rush out of their flats and
after failing to fight the strange fire however managed to
“Our pain about this tragic and unfortunate incident is that
the same woman who died with her family in the fire was
the one who raised the alarm that saved others. They
were burnt beyond recognition.”
“The whole thing is still a mystery to neighbors and no
one can, at this moment, ascertain the cause of the
inferno but the only clue we have is that their generator
was on that night and by the time we went round after the
fire, we saw that a lantern was positioned very close to
the generating set.”

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