Breaking: 2 friends die in Jos harmattan

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Two young men have been confirmed dead in Jos, Plateau state capital, following hash cold weather that has rocked the ancient city recently.

The two young men that were residents of the Gangare community of Jos North Local Government Area died on Saturday night.

However, their death was confirmed on Saturday evening by Alhaji Labiru Idris, elder brother to one of the deceased.

Alhaji Labiru said the name of his brother is Saminu Idris 25, and his late friend Idris also 25.

In the last two days, the temperature in Jos has been fluctuating between 6.7 to 9 degrees Celsius.

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Alhaji Labiru said: “One of them is my younger brother, I’m of the same father with him, they lived and died in my house.

“Their room is outside the house. They came back Friday night at about 11 pm, and then my brother knocked at my door, he collected kasco, (a local room warmer) which their light chacoal in it.”

Alhaji Labiru further said that when he woke up in the morning, he smelled bad odour but was not sure from where it emanated from.

“I looked at our kitchen thinking my wife had plugged something, when electricity was restored, which might have burnt something, I discovered that the odour was not from there.

“The window to their room is inside the house. When I was about going to open the main gate to my house, I smelled the odour again. I then slide their window, and smoke with the smell oozed out.

“I severally shouted Saminu, he did not respond. I then called my neighbor, we forced the door to their room open, but we couldn’t enter, because of the intensity of the smoke.

“We later found them dead. I thought they were suffocated by the charcoal and probably one of them had attempted trying opening the door. But it was the warmer that caught fire and burnt them to death.

As at the time Neptune Prime visited the house, family members and friends were seen trooping in to commiserate with them, in spite of the chilled weather in Jos.

Attempt to reach out to Police wasn’t successful at the time of filing this report.

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