Thursday 3 August 2023

TRAGEDY: Father dies protecting son as building collapses after heavy rain

Tragedy struck on Tuesday in Akure following the over 24 hours’ rainfall which led to part of a building collapsing and causing the death of a man.

Eyewitnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday that the incident occurred at 3.00 pm, at Itedo Eledumare Street, Oba-Ile in Akure North local government area.

Mrs Elizabeth Columbus, a tenant in the collapsed bungalow, said that a section of the building wall collapsed on Mr Titus Adega and his five-year-old son , Kizito Adega, causing the death of the former.

The widow of the deceased, Mrs Margaret Adega, said the wall of the back section of the building suddenly fell on her husband and son, who were outside, during the rainfall.

“I heard the loud cry of my son from deep in my sleep and I rushed outside to discover him under the rubble of the collapsed wall of the building.

“I tried to extricate him and discovered the unconscious body of my husband on top of him. I believe my husband used his body to protect our son when the wall fell.

“I called out to neighbours who assisted me to extricate them from the rubbles and rushed them to the maternity centre in the neighborhood.

“There we were asked to take them to the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, but when we got there, he was confirmed dead on arrival.”

The widow said that the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary while their son, who had a fracture on the leg and slight bruises on the face, was receiving treatment.

Margaret Adega said immediately her son was discharged from hospital, her husband’s corpse would be taken to Benue for burial.

Mr Gabriel Folahan, the head of the Children’s Emergency Room, said Kizito Adega was brought in at 4.52 p.m., with bruises on the face and a leg fracture.

Folahan said the child would be referred to the orthopedic ward for traction today

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