Nigeria and Nigerians have experienced a number of sad events in 2018. The killings by Fulani herdsmen, and the tanker on the Otedola Bridge in Lagos, are some examples. These sad events did not happen to some people directly, but some others had first-hand experiences.
This post brings you a list of some sad events in Nigeria that happened on Sundays in 2018. Come along for the sad ride down memory lane.
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1. Herdsmen kill several people in Guma LGA, Benue State – Sunday, 25th March 2018.
On Sunday, 25th March 2018, suspected herdsmen blocked the Daudu-Gbajimba Road at Tse Torkpande. They killed several persons in Guma LGA, Benue State. From information gathered, it was gathered that one Kator Ayilaga and one Mr Mzough were two natives among those killed.
2. Truck crushes CAN Chairman to death – Sunday, 25th March 2018.
Sunday, 25th March 2018, was yet another sad day for Christians in Nigeria following the tragic death of the Taraba State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The Chairman, Rev. Ben Ubeh, died after he was crushed beyond recognition by a truck transporting sugar along Jalingo-Yola Expressway.
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3. Super Eagles of Nigeria lose to Croatia – Sunday, 17th June 2018.
On Sunday, 17th June 2018, the Super Eagles of Nigeria lost their opening game of the 2018 World Cup to Croatia. The Super Eagles suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Vatreni of Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia. It was sad that the Nigerian team could not get a point from their opening match of the tournament.
Football is an emotional game, and the loss of the Super Eagles that Sunday dampened the hearts of many Nigerians. Even though many knew that the match would not be easy, they just wanted Nigeria to salvage a point at least. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Nigerian went on to beat Iceland 2-0 in the next match, but ultimately got disqualified after eventually losing to Argentina.
4. Herdsmen kill over 200 in Plateau State – Sunday, 24th June 2018.
Sunday, 24th June 2018 was a sad day for residents of Plateau State and for Nigerians in general. A deadly clash between farmers and herdsmen in the State resulted in the death of more than 200 people. Initial estimates placed the count at 86, but international media later reported it to be over 200. The President and Vice President travelled to Plateau later in the week to sympathise with the people.
5. D’banj loses son in swimming pool accident – Sunday, 24th June 2018.
Also on Sunday, 24th June 2018, popular Nigerian music star, D’banj, lost his only son, Daniel, in a swimming pool accident. The 13-month-old boy drowned in the indoor swimming pool in D’banj’s home. This sad event was a shock to the family and to Nigerians in general. A lot of fans took to social media to sympathise with the Nigerian pop superstar. He received condolence messages from thousands of people, but none could bring back his son.
6. Herdsmen slaughter 120 Christians in Plateau State – Sunday, 8th July 2018.
In another attack pinned on Fulani herdsmen, about 120 Christians were killed in Plateau State on Sunday, 8th July 2018. Majority of those killed were returning from the funeral of a local Clergyman’s father. The attack lasted several hours, as the heavily-armed gunmen opened fire on citizens in a number of villages in the State. One Pastor Pam Chollom of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), said that the armed men attacked and killed 34 persons from Nekan village, 39 from Kufang, and 47 from Ruku village. The attacks were described as an “11-village massacre”. In addition, the gunmen also injured over 200 people, and burned some 50 homes to the ground.
Speaking about the incident, a representative of the herders blamed the attack on the Christians. He said that the attack was in retaliation after local villagers killed 300 cows in the preceding weeks.
Author: Vincent Abolarin
Vincent is a Nigerian blogger with special interest in the history and current happenings in the country. When he is not blogging, he enjoys reading and playing computer games.