SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident which led to the death of football fans in a viewing centre in Calabar, Cross River state and stressed that he wants the tragedy to be probed. In a statement by his media aide, Turaki Hassan, Dogara condoled with the families of those who lost their lives; those who survived the incident as well as the people and government of Cross River state. While praying for the gentle repose of the departed souls, Dogara called on the state government to take extra measure to avoid a repeat of the incident. He also urged the state government to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. “My heart goes out to the families of football fans, who died in the incident at the viewing centre. At this moment, my thoughts and prayers are with the affected families, survivors and the government and good people of Cross River state following this sad incident. “It is my ardent hope that survivors are receiving adequate care and that the state government is taking the necessary steps to avoid a recurrence of such a sad incident. “May God comfort all the families which have been thrown into mourning and may the souls of the dearly departed rest in perfect peace”, the speaker said.

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