30 met their untimely death in a sports centre while watching the European League football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht on Thursday in Calabar state.

A lucky survivor shared his experience at the viewing centre located in the iyang-Esu area of the Calabar Municipal Local Government Area.

Barely hearing him with frightened face and tears, he said that : “It happened during the match between Manchester United and Anderlecht. I heard a deafening bang. I rushed out to see what was happening. When I turned back to go inside the viewing centre, I saw a cable coming  down on the centre and this electrocuted the viewers in the hall.

“It was a horrible sight to behold. I wish I didn’t come out to watch the match. Come to think of it, I have DStv at home but I enjoy watching matches at viewing centres. I could have been dead. I can’t believe that the people I was chatting and joking with a few minutes ago are all gone in a most anguishing way. This world is vain.”

An anonymous source living around the sports centre spoke to our correspondent to confirm the story.

The whole thing happened within a minute or two. It happened about 9:48pm. Those that died have been taken to the mortuary. A few that survived have been taken to hospitals.”

Irene Ugbo, the Police Public Relations Officer, Cross River State Command also confirmed the ugly incident and said the number of victims will be confirmed today.