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Four-storey building collapses in Abeokuta

By Kolade Larewaju
A four-storey building under construction in the Adigbe area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital collapsed on Sunday with no one working there at that time.

The building which was situated behind the Divisional Police Office, DPO, Adigbe, adjacent the Daniel Akintonde Special Children was owned by Mr. Mufutau Kehinde, a businessman, a.ka. Baba Sherifat and was ready for roofing when it came down.

The landlord was said to have dreamt that the building would collapse and warned labourers on site, particularly bricklayers and carpenters not to be on site on the day it crumbled.

An eyewitness account told newsmen that  about 10 minutes before the structure collapsed, the landlord, an Alhaji who lives with his family in a nearby bungalow ordered his children and other family members playing in front of the building to go inside their apartment.

“I think there is more to this collapsed building. Before the building collapsed, Alhaji has warned those working on site not to come to work on Sunday. He also warned some of his children playing in front of the building under construction to go inside.

“I understand that he has been narrating a dream he had few hours before the unfortunate incident.” Shortly before the building collapsed, he also ordered one of his wives to accompany him outside the community.

“The Alhaji and his wife had barely left our area when his building collapsed causing confusion in the area as residents and landlords whose buildings sandwiched the collapsed building scampered for safety.’’ The landlord, Alhaji Kehinde who received sympathizers early yesterday was full of gratitude to God for what has happened to him.

He said “I have cause to thank God. What has just happened to me is one of those things in life. I am grateful to God for sparing our lives. I mean my family members as well as those working on site. What would I have done if, God forbid, a member of my family or any of the artisans working on site were trapped in it? I thank God for his abundant protection.”


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