Insights have been provided by bricklayers, artisans and other workers on the site of a three-storey building that collapsed in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday, into the incidents leading to the tragedy.
The Punch reports that the building, located in Sogoye, along Bode, Molete area of Ibadan, Oyo State, had collapsed suddenly on Friday while still under construction, with several people injured and others trapped underneath.
According to the constructions workers, 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 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.”
Other lucky ones include 42-year-old Olalekan Dauda; Tunde, and Rilwan Oladepo.
Dauda said he was working with other artisans on the third floor when the building suddenly gave way.
“I just heard a sudden blast and later found that I and others in the building have been trapped in the rubble,” Dauda said.
According to one of the rescuers who gave his name as Aafa Mojeed Agbaje, two of his relatives — Tunde and Rilwan Oladepo — were also victims of the collapsed structure.
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.”
Meanwhile, a crowd of sympathisers comprising traders and residents of the area have besieged the scene, while the road has blocked against traffic.
Recall that, on Wednesday in Ita-Faji area of Lagos State, a similar incident had occurred, claiming lives of at least 20 persons, some of whom were pupils of Ohen Nursery and Primary School, which was located on one of the floors of the compromised structure.