- The federal government has denied claims that there was an earthquake in Abuja on Friday, January 10
- The position of the federal government came after the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) said that there was no such experience in the FCT
- The deputy director of NGSA, Abba Usman, said that the research of the agency discovered no trace of earthquake activity as claimed by many persons
The federal government, through the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), has responded to claims of the possibility of an earthquake in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking on Saturday, January 11, Abba Usman, the deputy director of NGSA, dismissed the claims when interviewed by newsmen, Channels TV reports.
Usman said that going by researches carried out by the agency, there was no seismic activity in the rumoured location, Abaji, which is close to the FCT.
He debunked claims made by a lecturer in the Department of Geology at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Osun state who had raised the alarm that a 3.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in Abuja recently.
Recall that the House of Representatives had in 2018 mandated its committee on environment to interface with relevant federal government agencies and parastatals, to avert what it called, “an impending earthquake in Nigeria.”
Legit.ng reported that the lawmakers also requested that the concerned agencies monitor and ascertain the extent to which mining activities, rock blasting and borehole drilling in the country comply with global best practice.
This followed a report that the FCT was hit by another earth tremor and it was confirmed by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) and National Emergency Response Agency (NEMA).
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