Fear Grip As Explosion Hits Abuja Community.
Fear grip as Ushafa community, Abuja on Wednesday, when an explosion occurred near the Department of State Services, DSS, institute and around the exit pipe of the only dam supplying water to the entire FCT residence.
The explosion, which occurred around 2:00pm shook houses in the community to their foundations, especially those within the Usuma Dam quarters and the DSS institute within the axis.
Some farmers, who 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.
The quarry company whose owners are believed to be powerful individuals in government commenced excavation of the area since early 2020 amid warnings by the DSS and Water Board over its negative impacts on the community and public property within the area. While the DSS is concerned about the security threat of constant blasting of rocks and extreme noise within the area, the FCT Water Board had raised the alarm over the impact of the quarry located just a few meters away from the lower part of the Dam that could sparkle terrible disaster.
Lower Usuma Dam supplies water to FCT homes, including the Aso Villa.
A source at the DSS 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 that his wife and children were the ones at home when the explosion occurred. He said the confusion 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.
Mr. Ayinda Thomas, a businessman and a Gbagi indigene 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 few years back.