A 51-year-old woman, Mrs Modupe Bankole, has lost her life following the partial collapse of a building in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The victim, a mother of three, died when the concrete railings of a storey building in Olomore area of Abeokuta gave way and collapsed on her.
we gathered that the incident, which happened on Saturday evening, had ignited panic among residents.
Tenants were seen packing their belongings out of the building when our correspondent visited the scene yesterday.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Yetunde Dina, who also visited the scene, said the state government would investigate the incident.
Dina stated that the ministry would deploy engineers to the site and examine whether the structure was still in good condition or not.
She said the remaining structure may be pulled down if found defective.
The husband of the victim, Mr Samuel Bankole, who is a teacher at the Army Children School, Lafenwa, Abeokuta told our correspondent that the couple had been living in the building for the past 12 years.
He disclosed that he was preparing his lesson note when the incident suddenly happened.
According to him, the owner of the building died about two and half years ago and the house was being managed by a caretaker.
Bankole said, “My wife told me in the house that she was going to prepare food. After finishing the preparation, she came to me and took a small mat and a pillow and spread it out to take breeze. She spread it even very far away from the collapsed decking.
“I was preparing my own note of lesson that time. I told her that when I finished writing, I will join her there. When I finished, I came out. Few children were moving up and down there until suddenly a neighbour called them and sent them on errand.
“My last born came back from his place of apprenticeship and even slept beside the mother. He later left to see a friend. Shortly after, I just heard the sound of the collapsed decking over my head. I believed that since my wife was not directly under that thing, she was safe and I just ran outside and started shouting ‘thank you Jesus.’
The teacher said he believed his wife was hit by broken blocks from the structure.
Bankole explained that his wife gave up the ghost shortly after she was taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, there was anxiety at Leme area of Abeokuta when another building reportedly collapsed on Sunday night.
It was learnt that the developer ordered the contractor handling the project to pull it down in order to avert mishap.
The developer, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, was said to have observed that some of the materials used by the contractor were of poor standard.