The serene village of AtaiOtoro in Abak Local Government Area has been thrown into mourning following the inferno that razed down the building of an aged-widow, Mrs. Udofia, rendering her and her children homeless. The inferno occurred on Friday afternoon.
When our reporter visited the compound, scores of sympathizers were seen gathering discussing the unfortunate incident and what would have been the cause of the inferno.
Speaking with our reporter,
the eldest son of the widow, Mr. Rufus John Udofia said he was in the hospital when he got a call that their house was razed and when he rushed down, the entire building and everything that was inside was completely burnt to ashes.
Mr. Udofia attributed the inferno to the high voltage of electricity which according to him, has also destroyed properties in the neighbouring houses.
He lamented that all his property, and that of his aged mother, including boxes of
clothes, furniture, refrigerator, television sets, generating set, books and other documents have been destroyed.
Mr. Udofia appealed to government, corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to come to their aid as they have been rendered homeless.
Some of the sympathizers who spoke with our reporter at the compound, described the incident as pathetic and unfortunate. They called on relevant government agencies to come to the aid of the family.
When our reporter visited the palace of the Village Head, Eteidung (Pastor) Ikpe Thomas Udofia, he was short of words as he was yet to recover from the shock of the unfortunate incident.
Chief Udofia described the incident as shocking and appealed to government, corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to assist the family as according to him, the widow and her children are now homeless.
Effort to speak with the widow proved abortive as she was still in tears when our reporter visited.