Residents of Ushafa community in Abuja on Wednesday were under intense fear when an explosion occurred around the exit pipe of the only dam supplying water to the entire FCT residence.
It was gathered that the explosion, which occurred around 2 pm, shook houses in the community to their foundations, especially those within the Usuma Dam quarters.
When a correspondent visited the area, some farmers, who claimed they narrowly escaped being killed by the explosion, pointed to the quarry site around the only radio station in the area, Jordan FM, revealing that the quarry had started full operations despite petitions and queries from different quarters regarding their alleged illegal mining and the danger such will pose to the entire community.
A source at a nearby institute, who preferred not to be mentioned, termed the location of the quarry as illegal, stating that it threatens the existence of the institute and poses a general security threat to the FCT due to the constant blasting that would be coming from there.
A resident of Usuma Dam quarters, Mr Henry said that his wife and children were the ones at home when the explosion went off. He said the confusion and fear created by the explosion could have led to another disaster. He said, “Many people came out of their houses in fear and were running to the Dam before they were stopped.
While a businessman and a Gbagi indigene, Mr. Ayinda Thomas, said that different petitions had been submitted over the activities of the illegal miners, alleging that some people leased out the land to the quarry company a few years ago. According to him, they have just a few years before they leave.