Kaduna Earth Tremor: Fear of more danger grips residents

Posted by News Express | 14 September 2016 | 2,934 times

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The earth tremor that occurred at Kwoi, the headquarters Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State has continued to cause more fear among residents.

The tremor struck twice on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday, September 12, 2016.

Many people were badly traumatised by the disaster and those who could not overcome the shock have fled from their homes to neighbouring communities due to fear.

Although no life or property was lost, they say it will be a long time before they would recover from the shock.

Few buildings were also affected by the incident and owners of such buildings now live in fear because of the structural damage done.

Impacts on the buildings ranged from a few cracks to walls collapsing. Luckily all buildings were still habitable but apprehension remained everywhere.

77-year-old Dauda Malando, whose house was affected, said that they have never witnessed such a strange incident since he was born.

Pending when the cause of the earth tremor is known, the paramount ruler of the community, Danladi Maude, has allayed fear that the absence of a secondary health facility in the community could be a major challenge in case of any emergency situation.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, has also been to the community to commiserate with the people.

He said that the State Government was in close contact with environmental experts to identify the cause of the earth tremor and how it could be averted.

He appealed to the people to remain calm.

Kwoi is an agrarian community in the southern part of Kaduna State. It is surrounded by undulating hills and mountains. The community is popularly known for ginger production and carving of artifacts.

Being a local government headquarters, a satellite detention facility of the Nigeria Prisons Service is located there.

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Geographical Information Service (NGIS) had warned of possible earthquakes across the country particularly in the south west region due to indiscriminate drilling of boreholes.

The Nigerian Senate has now said that it will investigate the earth tremor in Kaduna.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, gave the assurance while addressing reporters at his residence in Ilorin on Tuesday where he was to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

He said that the legislative chamber would invite relevant agencies to enlighten Nigerians on their preparedness in case of higher occurrence of the tremor.

Prior to this, the Kaduna State Government had also after the first incident in Kwoi community, appealed to the people of the community to be calm.

In a statement issued on Sunday by spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, the government said that a formal report has been made to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development and issue appropriate guidance.

The statement also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area and to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.

•Text courtesy of Channels TV. Photo shows Kaduna Deputy Governor Bala Bantex, who has visited to reassure the traumatised Kwoi residents.

Source: News Express

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