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Generator flame kills teenager in Bauchi

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu Bauchi

A 16 year old boy has been killed in Bauchi while he was trying to start a generator following a power outage.

It was learnt that the teenage, Mubarak Aliyu Gidado who was writing the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) was burnt when the generator went up in flames.

He was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching (ABTUTH) where he died two days later as a result of the injuries he sustained from the incident.

The father, Aliyu Mohammed Gidado, said his son an SSS III student of FOMWAN Model Secondary School, Bauchi, was trying to start the generator in the back of their house when the accident occurred.

He said: “The incident happen when my son went to start the generator. The fuel just ignited fire and the flames consumed him as he struggled. He came out of the area but his body was burnt from head to toe”

“All effort to save my son proved abortive. The doctors gave him a 50-50 chance but his conditioned worsen and he was placed on life support machine but his heart failed and he gave died.”

Gidado expressed shock because according to him Mubarak had been putting on the generator for several years.

He said “As a father you can’t quantify grief of losing a child. It is God that gives and takes and we cannot question him. I thank God for Mubarak’s life. He was an obedient child. He wanted to study Computer Science but now he is no more.

Muktar Gidado, uncle of the late Mubarak described his nephew as full of hopes.

He said “He was a very brilliant child. He memorised 40 chapters of the Quran and he had a Quran in his pocket that day. He was a determined boy, respectful and obedient”

Lawal Yusuf, Head of Daar Communications office, Bauchi and neighbours to the Gidado at the Federal Low-cost Housing Bauchi, said Mubarak’s death was most painful because the boy was focused in life.

He said: “It’s sad, tragic. He was brilliant and always came first or second in his class. Even at his hospital bed he was reminding his father that he had Mathematics paper to write the next day”

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State police command has reported that there was a fire incident early Sunday morning at Sunnah TV Station situated along kobi street Bauchi.