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General News of Thursday, 11 November 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Collapsed Ikoyi Building: How a cracked pillar on the first floor caused the tragedy - Survivor

The site of the building after it collapsed The site of the building after it collapsed

A survivor of the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos has disclosed the circumstances that led to the collapse of the building on Monday, November 1.

He told Premium Times from his hospital bed where he is still recuperating that he was working on a cracked pillar of the high building when tragedy struck.

With no name, the survivor who is a labourer said the pillar was on the first floor. He managed to get out of the building with minor injuries and was rushed to the hospital by the gateman on a motorcycle before responders appeared at the crash site.

He noted that the late Managing Director of Fourscore Heights Limited and owner of the building, Femi Osibona knew about the faulty pillar and their attempt to remove it and put a new one.

According to him, he has been warned not to discuss the incident with anyone.

He, however, narrated, “I was working with my colleague. I have been told not to tell anybody. That day, we were working on the first floor, Engineer Kola and Engineer Ola told us there was one pillar on the first floor, the pillar was cracked. The engineers told us to break the pillar so that they could fix another pillar there because the pillar was really big; they had confidence that nothing would happen to the pillar if they set another one.

“Suddenly we heard a noise, the thing (pillar) started to shake, I and Monday (another labourer) ran when we saw that the pillar was starting to shake. When I was running, I fell down; I was struggling to come out.

“When I ran outside, the gateman saw me, he now called a bike man (commercial motorcyclist). I ran out before the rescue operatives came in. The owner of the house (Femi Osibona) knows (knew) about the pillar, that it was cracked. He told the two engineers to ask us to break it. He was aware, he saw us, he even gave us money for food (breakfast). He saw us there when we were working on it.”

The survivor explained that two members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), whom he identified as Sam and Shola were also trapped under the rubble.

He added that Mr. Osibona was in a meeting when the building collapsed.

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