They had been watching Marcus Rashford score the victor in United's 2-1 victory over Belgians Anderlecht in the Europa League.
Not less than seven people died and about 30 more were hospitalized after a high-tension cable fell on fans in the southern part of Nigeria while watching Manchester United play Anderlecht in a Europa League match.
Manchester United won the match 3-2 aggregate.
The police spokesperson said the injured persons are now receiving treatment at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
"According to the information we gathered the high tension electric cable that was very close to the viewing centre fell on the building". When I turned back to go inside the viewing centre, I saw a cable coming down on the centre and this killed the viewers in the hall.More news: Pakistan issues NoC to Raheel Sharif for Saudi alliance
"At this point in time, it is sad to know that the victims lost their lives at a viewing centre where they usually converge, at their leisure time to watch their matches", Ayade said. "This world is vain".
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Marcus Rashford netted the winning goal for the Red Devils in the 107th minute to take them into the semi-final.
The President further commended the State Government for the prompt action in setting up a commission of inquiry into the incident, and its offer of assistance to the victims and their families.
Also, Manchester United have sent a condolence message to families of the victims.
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