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Rainstorm Claims Four Lives at Bauchi Trade Fair

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A severe rainstorm, accompanied by strong winds, resulted in the tragic deaths of at least four traders at the recently concluded North East Trade Fair held at IBB Square in Bauchi State. The storm, which struck on Saturday night, wreaked havoc on the trade fair venue, causing significant damage and leaving a trail of destruction.

The rainstorm led to the immediate deaths of two individuals at the scene. The force of the winds severely damaged the Gombe and Yobe States pavilions, as well as several business tents set up within the trade fair complex. Two other victims, who sustained critical injuries, were rushed to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, where they later succumbed to their injuries.

SP Ahmed Wakil, spokesman for the Bauchi Police Command, confirmed the fatalities in a statement released to journalists on Sunday. He identified the deceased as Abdullahi Abubakar, 38, from Yakubu Wanka; Sadik Ahmed Alfa, 32, from Fadaman Mada; Malam Musa from Maliya Furnitures Tudun Salmanu; and Abdulaziz Abdulrahman from Gombe State. Additionally, a 31-year-old woman named Fatima Isa from Inkil is currently receiving medical treatment and is showing signs of recovery.

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In response to the disaster, emergency teams, including the police and other security agencies, launched immediate search and rescue operations. “Tragically, five individuals were found trapped under the collapsed structures and were promptly transported to the hospital,” stated SP Wakil. “One individual, Fatima Isa, is currently under medical care and showing positive signs of recovery. The deceased have been moved to the mortuary as part of the authorities’ efforts to manage the aftermath of the storm.”

The storm also caused extensive property damage, and efforts are ongoing to assess the full extent of the destruction. To ensure public safety and prevent any potential criminal activities, a heightened police presence has been maintained at the trade fair venue.

The North East Trade Fair, organized by the North East Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture, with support from the six states of the region, was inaugurated by Nigeria’s Vice-President Kashim Shettima on May 18, 2024. The fair aimed to promote regional commerce and economic growth, but the unexpected storm turned the event into a scene of tragedy.

Authorities continue to work on providing support to those affected and ensuring that such incidents are mitigated in the future.

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