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Building collapses in Ibereko, 1 feared dead

19 May 2013, 13:48

 Badagry - One person is suspected to have died in a collapsed building located at Godo Blocks Estate, Ibereko in Badagry on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learned that the victim, Kehinde Williams (28), a carpenter, was working in the building when it collapsed.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the scene, learned that the building collapsed about 10a.m. but the rescue work did not begin till 12.24p.m.

An eyewitness said that the deceased was trying to remove the planks from the deck of the building when it collapsed.

"At about 10a.m., Kehinde came to the building to remove the planks from the deck recently constructed.

"From our observations, it appeared that the blocks used for the construction were not of high quality and the cement was not yet dry before he started removing the planks from the deck.

"It was while removing the planks that the building collapsed," the witness said.

The source said if attention was immediately rendered to the victim, he might still  be alive.

"The building collapsed at about  10. 25 but instead of the owner to get rescue workers, he called soldiers and policemen to prevent people from taking pictures.

"An emergency ambulance came immediately the incident happened but they could not do anything because it is not their job to rescue.

"The crane that was supposed to remove the rubble did not get here till past noon and the deceased was finally removed from the debris around 2p.m.

"It would have taken a miracle for him to survive," the source said.

A mild drama followed when the corpse was brought out as family members did not allow the policemen and soldiers to take the body to the mortuary.

The relatives of the deceased said that they were the only ones entitled to take away the corpse.

Relatives and sympathisers cried and an aunt of the deceased, who was at the scene, refused to speak on the occurrence.



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