Exactly 24 hours after the collapse of a three-story in Lagos took the life of twelve people, another three-storey building has collapsed in the Bode area of Ibadan, capital of Oyo state, leaving many of its occupants trapped and injured.
The structure, which was under construction suddenly collapsed and threw residents of Shogoye Bus Stop area, Bode community in the city into panic.
The building was said to have collapsed around 5:54 pm while bricklayers and other artisans on site were rounding off for the day’s work.
Some of the trapped victims made telephone distress calls from under the rubble. But when calls were made to one of the numbers few minutes after, an eyewitness said there was no response.
As usual, crowd of sympathizers swarmed the scene, blocking the road.
Among those rescued are 42-year-old Olalekan Dauda, Tunde, Toheeb Gbadamosi and Rilwan Oladepo. Dauda said 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.”
Nobody was confirmed dead as at press time but rescue efforts were ongoing.
Men of the fire service who arrived the scene were said to be helpless as they have no equipment to rescue victims.
With agency report