A family of four, including, a father, Okon Esua Abanga and three sons were burnt to death in Calabar, Cross River State.

The incident findings revealed occurred on Monday around 10 pm at Ikot Ekpo in Calabar Municipal Local Government Area of Cross River State.

An eyewitness, who is a member of the same Church with the victims, The Presbyterian Church, lamented the incident that claimed the lives of the four family members at a time.

He said the corpses have already been taken to Ukwa in Odukpani local government area of Cross River State for burial while the son who lids the lantern was seriously burnt to death.

“A daughter is receiving treatment at the hospital due to injury sustained during the inferno. The incident happened around 10 pm on Monday when the son of Elder Okon Esua Abanga who is preparing for his WASCE ran out of kerosene.

“There were about six of them in a room and a parlour apartment along Ikot Ekpo in Calabar Municipal local government area of the State

“In fact, what makes the wife to escape the disaster was that when the son told her that there was no kerosene in the lantern, she told him to refill the lantern and in the process, the lantern exploded and it burnt the occupants of the house,” the eyewitness stated.

He said that immediately the explosion occurred, the force flung a daughter out to a distance. It was also gathered that there was a generator in the room and it may be responsible for the explosion.

According to our source, suffocation may also be responsible for the death.’

It was also learnt that the father was a retired teacher and was an associate Minister in the Presbyterian Church.

“The dead children are all boys, one was a student of the University of Calabar and should be about 18, the other who was writing WAEC exams should be 16, then the other ones are said to be around eight and six respectively,” our source hinted.

When contacted on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Irene Ugbo said, “It was a fire incident in the area. There was no electricity at that time

“The parent asked one of the victims to put kerosene in the lantern since there was no public electricity supply and instead of kerosene fuel was carried and poured into the lantern and it exploded,” stressed.

A 500-level law student of Rivers State University has been stabbed to death by an unknown suspect.

The 24-year-old lady, who attended Salvation Ministry until her death, was killed in her apartment off-campus.

According to a Twitter account, @phsabithetin was allegedly raped before she was killed.

Another source, who spoke to the PUNCH stated, “Her killers broke into her room near the Rivers State University campus’ main gate. The compound is close to other houses; we only knew her as Matilda and she was 24 years old. She danced ballet at the Salvation Ministry during our papa’s 57th birthday celebration.

“When the news broke on Tuesday, her friends and other final year law students could not attend classes due to the shock. I heard that Matilda used to live with two other female students, who were not at home the night when the incident happened.”

Spokesperson for Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident.

Omoni said, “That she was raped is not the true reflection of what happened. But I can confirm that a young woman of about 24 years, who was staying off-campus, was killed on Tuesday by assailants.

“The assailants stabbed her to death. We have recovered the corpse and it is in the mortuary. We have spoken to her family and investigation is ongoing as the matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. No arrest has been made so far.”