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50 ways you could have died in 2016 (in Nigeria).

Thank God we made it into 2017. As we make our plans on how to become better in 2017, it is worth spending a few moments in gratitude for the opportunity we have had to see 2017 – especially in Nigeria where anything can kill. I was thinking about the so many ways I could have died, and decided I had to make a list. So brothers and sister, be grateful for life, as here are 50 ways you could have died in 2016.




  1. You could have been involved in a train accident https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/05/4-people-died-in-jebba-train-accident-nigerian-railway-corporation/
  2. You could have been killed in a brand new, collapsed posh building, in an old collapsed police college building, or even in a church buildinghttp://pulse.ng/real_estate/lekki-gardens-35-die-in-collapsed-building-incident-id4785865.html
  3. You could have gone to your shop and have it collapse and kill you http://punchng.com/breaking-two-killed-akwa-ibom-collapsed-market/
  4. You could have been walking by, minding your own business and a container could have fallen on your head http://www.gq234.com/graphic-photos-sad-container-truck-falls-crushes-ladys-leg-in-lagos/
  5. The Lassa Fever outbreak could have killed you https://www.naij.com/701104-breaking-lassa-fever-hits-17-states.html
  6. Fulani herdsmen could have killed you https://www.informationng.com/tag/fulani-herdsmen
  7. Boko Haram  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/01/boko-haram-attack-children-among-villagers-burned-to-death-in-nigeria
  8. Niger Delta Avengers  http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/20/niger-delta-avengers-who-they-are-and-what-they-want.html
  9. You could have been killed during your early morning evangelism https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/07/heartbreaking-woman-killed-during-early-morning-evangelism-in-abuja/


  10. You could have been killed over grazing land you knew nothing about http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/10/23/the-bloody-attack-on-southern-kaduna/
  11. You could have been attacked on a sunny afternoon by unidentified militants http://buzznigeria.com/ikorodu-communities-militants-attack/
  12. IPOB/MASSOB rallies could have claimed your life http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/05/31/dozens-killed-several-injured-as-biafra-day-rallies-turn-bloody/
  13. You could have starved to death at an IDP camp http://punchng.com/children-starving-death-idp-camps/
  14. You and your house could have been washed away by a flood http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/floods-ravage-states-kill-28/160839.html
  15. You could have been drowned at the beach  http://punchng.com/unilag-students-drown-beach-friends-birthday/
  16. You could have fallen ill and died trying to serve your country at the  NYSC Orientation Camp http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/nysc-mourns-the-death-of-corps-members-in-camp/174366.html
  17. You could have drowned in a pool when you went out to celebrate your birthday  http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/12/2-drown-boxing-day-tragedy-3-trapped-inferno/
  18. You could have drowned while trying to do your job http://saharareporters.com/2016/09/05/four-soldiers-drown-boat-mishap-bayelsa-state
  19. You could have been killed by your husband http://www.gbam.tv/latest-news/full-storyronke-shondes-murderer-lekan-shonde-wanted-lagos-police
  20. You could have been killed by your wife http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2016/02/inside-story-how-yewande-ibadan-lawyer-killed-her-husband/
  21. You could have been killed by your son http://punchng.com/man-kills-mom-buries-soak-away-pit-ogun-police/
  22. You could have been hacked to death by your stepson http://punchng.com/aibom-man-kills-step-mum-flees/
  23. You could have been stabbed to death by your cousin http://punchng.com/barber-kills-cousin-aunts-burial/
  24. You could have been stabbed to death by your landlord http://punchng.com/landlord-remanded-stabbing-tenant-death/
  25. You could have been stabbed by your housekeeper http://allure.vanguardngr.com/2016/12/beautiful-bride-gets-stabbed-domestic-staff-salary-issue/
  26. You could have been killed by a childhood friend http://punchng.com/man-kills-childhood-friend-gambling-phone/



  27. Your tyre could have burst and killed you http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/03/how-minister-wife-son-perished-on-kaduna-road-frsc/
  28. Someone else’s tyre could have burst and killed you http://punchng.com/five-die-13-injured-third-mainland-bridge-crash/
  29. You could have been crushed by a lorry whose brakes failed http://punchng.com/obiano-weeps-lorry-crushes-woman-grandchild/
  30. You could have been killed by a speeding trailer driver http://punchng.com/speeding-trailer-driver-kills-pedestrian/
  31. You could have been killed by a hit and run vehicle http://punchng.com/hit-run-driver-kills-oau-medical-student/
  32. You could have been electrocuted by a piece of metal sticking out on the road http://punchng.com/14-pedestrians-electrocuted-road-six-months-resident/ 
  33. An angry mob could have decided that you had blasphemed against their prophet, and decapitated you.  http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/204660-kano-mob-decapitated-woman-blasphemy-police.html
  34. You could have been hacked to death by gunmen over the church offering money http://gist.greennews.ng/2016/12/19/gunmen-hack-daughter-general-treasurer-assemblies-god-death-thanksgiving-money-photos/
  35. You could have been killed by a policeman five days to your weddinhttp://punchng.com/policeman-kills-man-five-days-wedding/
  36. You could have been killed over Christmas food http://punchng.com/woman-kills-husband-christmas-food/



  37. You could have been abducted, killed and dismembered during your lunch break http://punchng.com/ritualists-kill-12-year-old-boy-imo-remove-vital-organs/
  38. You could have had your throat slit while sleeping rough in church http://punchng.com/foreigner-slits-womans-throat-lagos-church-premises/
  39. You could have been gang-raped to death http://punchng.com/hoodlums-gang-raped-woman-death-say-residents/
  40. You could have fallen to your death in a well http://punchng.com/65-years-old-woman-found-dead-well-llorin/
  41. You could have been killed alongside a stranger committing suicide  http://punchng.com/man-kills-self-two-others-imo/
  42. Your home could have been broken into, after which you could have been disembowelled http://punchng.com/hoodlums-kill-mother-triplets-remove-intestine/
  43. You could have been killed by eating a dodgy batch cassava flour meal http://punchng.com/cassava-flour-meal-kills-six-kogi/
  44. You could have been electrocuted in a power surge http://punchng.com/woman-daughter-electrocuted-lagos-power-surge/ 



  45. You could have been tortured to death by the police http://punchng.com/police-loot-community-torture-farmer-death/
  46. You could have been kidnapped and murdered http://punchng.com/kidnappers-murder-dump-dangote-workers-kidnappers-murder-dump-dangote-workers-corpse-inside-gutter/
  47. You could have committed suicide http://punchng.com/assistant-commissioner-police-commits-suicide-edo/
  48. You could have died in hospital  http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/agony-bereaved-husband-wife-died-luth/
  49. You could have died at the amusement park http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/2-siblings-died-enugu-amusement-park/
  50. You could have died out of frustration.  http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/amodu-died-frustration-cousin/          

May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

To us who are living, let every thing that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6

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