Residents across Nigeria are struggling to make sense of a series of tragedies that have gripped the country, culminating in a what many have dubbed, “Black Sunday.”

Last Thursday, approximately 10 people were killed—five in an accident stemming from a collision involving nine fuel tankers on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, and five more tragically lost their lives in a collapsed building in Ibadan.

The tragedies continued on Saturday as a series of accidents and violence claimed the lives of at least 30 more.

All Africa reports:

On Saturday, another fuel tanker explosion, which claimed 24 vehicles, rocked the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The tragedy occurred at Danco Village in Obafemi Owode Local Council of Ogun State. The citizenry were still absorbing the effects of the tanker explosions when the news of the death of 30 people in Assakyo, headquarters of Lafia Local Council Development Area of Nasarawa State broke. They were killed following renewed violence between Alago and Beron communities. And on the same day, an accident in Funtua, Katsina State, claimed three persons and injured 17others.

Still thirsty for blood, the agents of death remained on prowl yesterday. First, nine people were killed and 40 others injured when a suicide bomber in a Honda Civic, who attempted to force his way into the iron barricade at the entrance of Living Faith Church, Ungwan Angas, Yelwa, Bauchi State but was denied entry detonated his explosives at the barrier opposite the church.

On Sunday, a commercial airliner crashed in a suburb of Nigeria’s most populous city, killing all 153 people onboard and numerous others on the ground. The crash, the deadliest in the country’s history, has prompted the government to suspend the air license of Dana Air, as investigators struggle to figure out what caused the tragic crash.

Responding to the devastating crash, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning and has vowed to insure the safety of air travel in the country.

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  • Nigerian sista

    I’m especially thankful because my cousin was supposed to be on that plane but he changed his mind even after he got his boarding pass. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased. Thanks for posting Britni.

    • glory and thanks all go to God for having spared your cousin!!!!

    • lindy

      Tragic.

      Why did your cousin change his mind?

    • Nigerian sista

      He said he felt the urge to take a different airline, its weird because he is the sort of person to do things spontaneously. I’m just so grateful that it worked out for his own good. To think that that plane crash could have been avoided makes be very sad for the families who lost loved ones.

    • Leonie UK

      Blesings to your cousin for following his gut, it will save you countless times. I’ve seen some of the reports on the telly over here. Many are saying it’s the cruption coming to roost at last. If that was the case the UK and many other places would be burning in the daylight before noon, or this bloody rain will get heavy and drown us all.

      I send prayers and condolences to all our family members from Clutch, and beyound who’s families and friends are in Nigeria right now.

      Stay blessed.