Former ADC to former governor Tapgun burnt to ashes with 3 children in Jos
Four members of a family have been reported killed in Jenta Adamu community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state, in the early hours of Monday, in a fire inferno that engulfed the house.
Conscience Triumph learnt that it was former ADC to the second civilian governor of Plateau State, Sir Fidelis Tapgun, who was burnt to ashes along with three of his children inside their rooms.
Our reporter gathered that the fire outbreak started at about 1:30 am immediately after the Nigeria vs Sweden match.
The former ADC, ASP Anthony Kwame, and his children – Miss Theresa Anthony Thomas, Mr. Emmanuel Anthony, and Miss Kerry Anthony – were all consumed in the inferno.
The home of six families was completely razed down by fire, suspected to have been ignited from an electricity fault, which also wrecked havoc by damaging property worth millions of naira.
Speaking with our correspondent at the scene, the Village Head of Jenta Adamu, Mr Kabala Bako, who shared fence with the deceased family, said at about 1:30 pm after watching the Nigeria-Sweden match, he was about going to sleep when they heard the voice of children crying for help.
According to him, the youths rushed to their rescue, struggling to prevent the fire from spreading to other surrounding buildings, but after all attempts to control the inferno in all the affected compounds, no single property could be salvaged.
“We kept pouring water before the men of firefighters came to the scene and quickly put off the fire, but when they went into the rooms they discovered that ASP Anthony Kwame and his three children were already burnt to ashes, leaving only their skeletons to be handpicked to the hospital.”
He said, the youth did all they could to see that the family were rescued, but it was sad that this ugly incident has caused the community this monumental lost.
One of the victims, Mrs Manya Mathew, said she was sleeping inside her room with the children when she heard her neighbors’ children shouting for help, and when she looked up her roof, fire had almost razed down the wall.
She said her properties were affected; that there was no single item she could escape with during the flames, which overrun the entire edifice. Sympathizes were seeing scrambling to the scene of the disaster in search of what assistance they could render.
Conscience Triumph gathered that the retired late ASP Anthony Kwame served the Nigerian Police Force for undisclosed period of time before his retirement. He lost his first wife but remarried another, who bore him three children. At the time of his death, he had seven children altogether. After his retirement from active service, he rented an apartment close to ECWA Bishara 4, near Twice bread, P2 father bakery, in the city of Jos.