March 22, 2019

Another building collapses at Ibadan, scores trapped and injured

Another building collapses at Ibadan, scores trapped and injured

A building collapsed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday leaving some people injured and some others trapped.

The three-storey structure which was still under construction suddenly collapsed around 5:54 pm while bricklayers and other artisans on site were rounding off for the day’s work.

This disaster happened around Shogoye Bus Stop area in Bode community of the city.

Rescue efforts are currently ongoing and nobody has been confirmed dead.

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Four of those who were trapped in the rubble were already rescued by men of the state fire service and volunteer rescuers.

The incident led to traffic gridlock in the area as motorists from Idi Arere and Oja ‘ba and those from Molete end of the city could not move freely.

Among those rescued are 42-year-old Olalekan Dauda, Toheeb Gbadamosi and Rilwan Oladepo.

Dauda told our source he was working with other artisans on the third floor when the building collapsed.

He said he just heard a sudden blast and later found that he and others in the building were trapped in the rubble.

Gbadamosi, 19, said: “Today is my first time of working at this place. I just came around in order to raise some money for my upkeep because things were difficult. I thank God that I came out of the rubble alive”.

One of the firefighters who spoke in confidence, said: “We responded promptly to the emergency as we got to the scene about 35 minutes after the alert.

“We are trying our best to rescue the victims but the challenge we are facing is getting the right equipment to lift the concrete wreckage. Another challenge is the time of the day; it will soon get dark but that will not deter us from doing our best.”

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