It was a sorry sight yesterday when a decrepit building collapsed in Oke-Ijeun area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, killing a pregnant woman and her five-year-old daughter. The pregnant woman who was identified as Kafayat Somoye, was said to be taking her children Ganiyat and Ganiyu, to school, when a cracked wall of the building located near their home suddenly collapsed and fell on mother and daughter, killing them.
Ganiyu who escaped the tragic incident was said to be walking ahead of the duo and was only jolted by the sound of vibration and cracks and quickened his pace before harm struck.
According to eye witnesses, the victims were pulled out of the debris by sympathizers but died on the way to the General Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta. The police arrived the scene of the incident by 9am, early enough to prevent a breakdown of law and order by youths, who became enraged on sighting the bodies. The over 70-year-old building was said to be intact and showed no sign of collapsing. Witnesses believed the heavy rain that fell the previous night might have caused its collapse. A near victim, Kabirat Sonde, who was also taking her kid to school, said they escaped by the whiskers.
“I was also taking my child to school. I was behind them and a woman was in the front. It was the woman who raised the alarm immediately the incident occurred before help came. She was rescued alive and people started pouring water on her but she died on her way to the hospital. People didn’t know immediately that there was a girl trapped, it was the woman who told us but it was too late. The girl was found dead.”
This is the third building collapse being recorded in a space of one month. On March 8, the nation woke up to the news of a collapsed five-storey building in Lekki area of Lagos which left 34 persons dead and several others injured. Similarly on Saturday, March 19 a two-storey building located at 9 Alli close, Mile 12, Lagos, collapsed around 8:45 am, killing a 47-year-old woman dead, who was on the balcony.
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