The people of Cross Rivers are in shock after 30 people, believed to be fans of Manchester United Football Club, were killed Thursday night at a football viewing centre in Calabar, the capital after being electrocuted by a high tension cable that fell on them.
The football fans are assembled at the centre to watch a UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht at a TV viewing centre.
The live electricity cable broke from its mooring and fell on the viewers.
The Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade described the deaths as tragic and horrifying.
The governor said in a statement issued by Mr Christian Ita, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary in Calabar on Friday that it was heart wrenching that the lives of the young men were lost through electrocution.
“The incident marks a dark chapter in the life of the state where the precious lives of football lovers have been lost.
“At this point in time, it is sad to know that the victims lost their lives at a viewing centre where they usually converge, at their leisure time to watch their matches’’, Ayade said.
While commiserating with the families of the victims of the tragedy, the governor promised that the state government would look into the likely cause of the incident to preventing reoccurrence.
No fewer than 30 persons died on Thursday night in Calabar at a viewing centre while watching the Europa Football League match between Manchester United and Anderlecht.
The incident happened at about 9.30 p.m at Nyagasang area of Atimbo in Calabar Municipality Local Government Area of the state.