Breaking: Ibadan Building Collapse, Victims Cry for Help with Phone Calls

 … as Govt Deploys Two Excavators

By: Abiodun Adepegba, Ibadan

At least, 23 people whose whereabouts are still unknown are said to have been trapped in a two-storeyed building that collapsed in Sogoye area in Ibadan.

The tragedy struck again in Ibadan, the second in the week after the three story building collapse that killed scores in Lagos Island earlier on Wednesday, as the Oyo State capital, Friday evening also witnessed another two-storey building collapsed at Sogoye, along Bode area of the ancient city, leaving an unspecified number of people trapped.

When the RegentAfrica Times correspondent visited the site of the collapsed building, no casualty figure has been confirmed in the Ibadan incident, but the information had it that construction workers were on the site when the incident happened, people trapped under the rubble could be heard

One of the survivors, Toheeb Gbadamosi

making phone calls crying for help.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government says it has deployed two excavators to Sogoye, where efforts are ongoing to rescue victims trapped under the building.

According to our correspondent, the incident happened around 5:45pm, but the number and identities of affected persons could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

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 incident happened exactly 5:50 pm at Sogoye, along the Idi Arere after the Molete overhead bridge, and as of the time of filing this report, people trapped in the rubbles are still begging for help as there was no equipment to rescue them.

However, findings showed that three people who sustained serious injuries have been pulled out of the debris, six people have been rescued and 23 people were confirmed trapped in the rubbles

An eyewitness account said the collapsed building was being developed for a commercial purpose and the construction was almost completed before the incident happened.

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