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Housewife, five children die in collapsed building in Kano

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BY ABDULSALAM MUHAMMAD

KANO-Tragedy struck at Warure quarters, Kano yesterday when a 45-years-old housewife perished alongside her five children following the collapsed of a storey building that housed a family of 12.

The incident that occurred at about 1.45am also claimed the life of a three-year-old boy occupying the first floor of the 50-year-old mud structure.

Briefing newsmen on the tragic incident, Alhaji Sunusi Bello revealed the building caved in and buried his wife and four of his children.

Sunusi 55, explained that his elder brother who occupied the top floor also lost his three-year-old son, pointing out that “it was divine intervention that he escaped.

Sanusi who however escaped with injury on his right leg revealed that his sister-in-law survived with waist fracture, while his elder brother and two other relations were among the injured.

He gave the name of the deceased as Amina Bello 45, his wife, Ruqqayya Bello 20, daughter, Fidausi Bello 7, Abashiya Bello 6, Bello Sunusi Bello 2, and Abdul Bello 3. He added that the affected family members died as martyrs.

Sunusi Bello who was flanked by his elder brother Mansur Bello 58, and is taking refuge with the next door neighbour said that “I have not lost anything; Allah has simply taken back what He gave me in trust and they died as martyrs”.

He commended the prompt response of the Fire Service Department, and his neighbours who mobilized and retrieved the mangled bodies of the deceased, pointing out that “they have all been buried according to Islamic rites”.

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