Tragedy: another building colllapse yesterday
Rescue operations were still on late Friday as scores of victims were trapped in a three – storey building that collapsed in Ibadan , the Oyo State capital.
This came barely four days after a collapsed building in Lagos led to the death of at least 20 people .
The incident happened around 5 : 45pm in Sogoye area of Molete .
The number of affected victims could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report .
The Oyo State Government spokesman , Mr. Toye Arulogun , said the government was on top of the situation.
Arulogun said , “ We have deployed two excavators there . Our officials are right there now , to rescue trapped victims . There is no cause for alarm . ”
The three- storey building under construction suddenly collapsed with several people injured and others trapped in the building.
No death has been recorded as at the time of filing this report .
Also , four of those who were trapped in the rubble were rescued an hour after .
Others were still making calls to relatives for help . Radio stations alerted the public of the development .
Tragedy struck when bricklayers and other artisans on site were rounding off for the day’ s work.
One of the survivors, Toheeb Gbadamosi , 19, said , “ Today is my first time of working in 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 ”.
The other lucky ones include a 42- year – old Olalekan Dauda ; Tunde 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 .
According to one of the rescuers who gave his name as Aafa Mojeed Agbaje , two of his relatives (Tunde and Oladepo ) were involved in the collapse .
Agbaje said , “I am worried because other people that I know are presently in the wreckage .
Tunde sustained injuries on his face and limbs . We have taken him to Molete Hospital and he is recuperating. ”
Crowd of sympathisers , comprising traders and residents of the area , besieged the scene while the road was blocked .