Residents Panic As Earth Tremor Hits Abuja Metropolis

Residents Panic As Earth Tremor Hits Abuja Metropolis

Eniola Awokoya

Reports have emerged of the occurence of earth tremors in several parts of Abuja, which has thrown residents into panic.

So far, the tremors have been felt in Jabi, Gwarinpa, Utako, etc.

A resident of Mpape, Omada Ogwuche told newsmen that the vibration started for some days now.

She said they had thought it was the usual breaking of rocks by big companies, but that it’s now clear that something is wrong.

”I will be leaving the house with my people right now. It’s getting so terrible and I’m afraid . It appears like an earthquake is about to happen, ” she said.

This unusual occurence was also confirmed by The Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah.

“I felt my house in Jabi, Abuja, vibrate around 9pm last night. It didn’t feel like an earth tremor.

“It was more like an explosion that pushed air, rattled the windows and shook chandeliers. Almost exactly like when the This Day Office in Utako was bombed some years ago,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

Another Twitter user, @bashiryusuf, revealed that the latest happened on Friday morning.

He wrote: “Another heavy tremor just occurred at 6.01am in Maitama, Abuja. Truth is, this seem like a warning for an earthquake.

“I think the authorities should do some scientific investigation or evacuate residents as a matter of precaution.”

However, Ikenna Okonkwo, who is a lecturer in the Department of Geology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has called for calm.

Responding to Journalist Mercy Abang’s comment that: “Before today – residents in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) experienced earth tremor – Mpape and parts of Maitama districts.

“It got to Wuye, Gwarinpa, Utako, Jabi and others this morning – shouldn’t Nigerians be told there’s an Earth Quake to expect? And what to do?”, Okonkwo replied: “Very unlikely. You could have a few more similar tremors though. But nothing major. There is need for official clarification to calm residents down though.”

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