Today In Nigerian History: 26th December

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– On this day in 2006, hundreds of Nigerians were burned alive when fuel from a vandalized pipeline exploded in the Abule Egba area of Lagos…

According to the  Nigerian Red Cross, 269 bodies were retrieved.

Also in 2007, more than 45 people were burned to death on the outskirts of Lagos when fuel they were siphoning from a buried pipeline caught fire.

– Nigerian politician, poet, journalist and former premier of the now defunct Mid-Western Region of Nigeria, which now comprises Edo and Delta State, Dennis Chukude Osadebay died on this day in 1994.

Osadebay, was one of the pioneering Nigerian poets who wrote in English.

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