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13-year old dies, 4 others injured as ancient building in Ekiti collapses


A 13-year-old girl has sadly died when an ancient building in Igede Ekiti, headquarters of Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, collapsed on Tuesday.

Sources said about four residents of the house were injured in the incident. They are also currently receiving medical attention in hospitals.

One of the children of the landlord, Lanre Olagunju, said that the incident occurred around 2am on Tuesday adding that one casualty was recorded.

Olagunju spoke during the visit of the state governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, who was represented by the deputy governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, to the scene.

He said, “The building didn’t give prior notice or sign before the sudden collapse”.

The governor, who grieved over the 13-year old girl’s death, described the incident as devastating and agonising as he called on occupants of dilapidated buildings across the state to relocate to save their lives.

He said, “This is one incident that really saddened my heart. How could we lose a precious human life to such an avoidable circumstance? The building must have been giving some signs for long.

“If you check very well, the adjoining buildings are not even safe. The government agents will visit here soon to assess those houses and probably pull them down.

“I sympathise with the family and admirers of the victims. This is indeed a trying time for all of us, but we must learn one or two lessons from this and take actions that would safeguard our lives by being careful with the choice of buildings we will live in”.

Oyebanji, who also visited Adeyinka Adebayo General Hospital, Iyin Ekiti, where some of the victims were receiving medicare, said that the government would foot the victims’ medical bills.

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