A mother of three has been killed in a partial building collapse at Olomoore area of Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The woman identified as Mrs Modupe Bankole, was sleeping on the balcony of the building when the upper floor collapsed on her, last Saturday.
Her husband, Mr Samuel Bankole, who was with her on the balcony also sustained injury on his head.
Their three children were not at home when the incident occurred.
Bankole addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, recalled complaining about the deteriorating condition of the building to the landlord, who immediately undertook the renovation of the building.
“My wife told me in the house that she was going to prepare food. After finishing the preparation, she came to me and took a small mat and a pillow and spread it out to take breeze. She spread it even very far away from the collapsed decking,” he said.
“I was preparing my own note of lesson that time. I told her that when I finished writing, I would join her there. When I finished, I came out. Few children were moving up and down there until suddenly a neighbour called them and sent them on errand.
“My last born came back from his place of apprenticeship and even slept beside the mother. He later left to see a friend. Shortly after, I just heard the sound of the collapsed decking over my head. I believed that since my wife was not directly under that thing, she was safe and I just ran outside and started shouting ‘thank you Jesus.’”
He said he believed his wife was hit by broken blocks from the structure, lamenting that his wife gave up the ghost shortly after she was taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, the permanent secretary in the state ministry of urban and physical planning, Mrs Yetunde Dina, had visited the scene of the incident on Monday, and directed other occupants of the partial collapse building to vacate the place.