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23 Jun 2017

10 Escape Death As 4-Storey Building Collapses In Kwara

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About 10 persons narrowly escaped death Thursday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital,
when a section of a four-storey building under construction collapsed.

According to Punch, the collapsed building, believed to be hostels for students of University of Ilorin, was among five buildings of four
stories each currently under construction in a compound believed to be hostels for students of University of Ilorin.

Eyewitnesses report that work was going on at the site when a section of the building gave in,
leaving no fewer than three workers with varying degrees of injuries. They are presently
being treated at an unnamed hospital in the city.

Narrating the incident,  a student, Joy Williams, who resides opposite the collapsed building, said they were alerted by the workers’ cry for
help.

She said;
“We were inside the room, then we heard a very loud noise and I went out. That
was when the building just collapsed. It happened this afternoon,”

“We heard somebody shouting, ‘Help, help;’ and people rushed to his rescue.
They rescued one person and later rescued the second person.
“The third person was badly injured.
They rushed the three of them to the hospital.
“The collapsed section of the building is
a mosque, but the back side is an apartment.
“The workers were the ones that did the rescue work, as there was no external
person or equipment to rescue the people that were shouting for help.
“The workers have been on the site for about five months now. This is a fresh
building. They started it from the
scratch.”
The Special Adviser on Emergency and Relief
Matters to the Kwara State Governor, Abdullahi
Mohammed, said he would visit the site on Friday to ascertain the full extent of the
damage done.

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