On September 11, 2016 residents of Kwoi,
headquarters of Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State were thrown
into pandemonium when deafening sounds rent the airspace, causing
serious vibrations of the earth.
its kind,sent fears down the spines of the people, who thought it
was bigger than a tremor.
vibrations and loud sounds to a foreboding of a possible earthquake.
A Kaduna-based International Radio reporter, Suleiman Yakubu who just
travelled to Kwoi on ‘Sallah’ break, told the Nation that, the
incident has forced people out of their homes.
He said: “Though people have not started fleeing the community, but
as I talk to you, there is tension. Everyone is standing outside as the
earth is vibrating under their feet. It started since morning and if it
continues like this till evening. People will have no choice than to
leave the town to safer places.”
Yakubu spoke before the people actually
started fleeing. Another eyewitness, Hon Badugu Nehemiah, said:
morning, many people in our villages have been running up and down,
because both buildings and the ground have been shaking. Many churches
had to cut short their Sunday service programmes because of the
earthquake threat. As I am speaking with you, the ground is still
shaking,” he said.
Meanwhile, as at Thursday morning, non-native residents of Kwoi had
fled the communities after evacuating their property. The desperation of
the non-natives to flee the town was heightened by a much smaller
tremor, which was experienced in Kwoi town on Wednesday, two days after
the last one, which was thought to be the last.
Sources in Kwoi said Igbo, Hausa and other non-native tribes’ shops
were locked up after they had moved out with their ware and personal
It was also gathered that even those who were into other forms of
employment both in the private and public sectors have fled the town.
According to a source, Jonathan Sati, a native of Jaba ,
“There was a
small tremor on Tuesday night and another on Wednesday afternoon. The
Igbo traders and other people that are not from here made up their minds
to finally leave. The majority had moved out between Sunday afternoon
and today (Thursday).
“On Monday, there were 26 vibrations. Those that stayed back were not
sure. But now, they are leaving. I can’t remember any of them that I
know who is still around. Unless non-Ham (Kwoi dialect) women who are
“As for us the natives, we can’t really think of where to go now
because this is our ancestral land. But, that does not mean that we are
not scared. We are all living in fear, especially that the incidents are
happening repeatedly,” he said. The tremor had cracked several houses
and caused partial demolition of others.
One of the victims whose houses were affected, Major General Yusuf
Pyeng (rtd) said:
“We are living in constant fear not knowing what will
happen next. The tremor is so terrifying and we are desperate to know
what is the cause and the future reaction. We are waiting for the
geologists’ final report to know if we are staying or vacating the
community. My house is well solidified, but because of the tremor there
are cracks,” he said.
Another resident, Emmanuel Musa, told The Nation that,
“we no longer
sleep with our two eyes closed. We had thought that the incident will
occur and just go away like that. But now, it is making us scared.
“Everyday since after the first incident, people have been leaving
the town, but some of us were laughing at them then, but now, we are
also scared, especially that the incident has been happening repeatedly.
“If one is inside the house and the tremor starts, you just have to
come out, because the house will be shaking as if it is going to fall on