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Lagos: Mudslide Collapse Kills 24-Year-Old Housewife, Injures Several Others

Posted: Sep 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

When officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment requested residents of all illegal shanty structures located at the swampy Dosunmu Street, off Amara Olu Road, Agidingbi, Lagos to vacate the place, some of the residents may have thought that the LASG officials were jokers.

But on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016 during the heavy down pour that paralyzed economic and other activities in parts of Lagos for hours, a mudslide collapse killed one Mrs Faisa Muhammad, a housewife from Adamawa state, resident in one of the structures, injured several others and destroyed properties valued at thousands of naira.

Some of the residents who spoke unknowingly with Independent lamented that the housewife got married ten days ago and was living with the husband and her aged mother when the tragic incident occurred.

However, one of the female residents who boasted that she is a proper Yoruba woman from Ijebu Ode in Ogun bragged that it is possible that the housewife that died few days after her wedding may have offended either the gods of her land or somebody.

But several other persons injured were rushed by some officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) assisted by police officers from Area G police command Ogba and Aluasa police station to the hospital in the area for medical attention.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in south-west while confirming the incident and the dead of the housewife said that a similar incident occurred, where a mosque partially collapsed at No 3, Adepitan Street, off Ramat Crescent, Ogudu, Lagos.  According to Farinloye, no lives were lost when the mosque collapsed.

Michael Akindele, general manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said that three persons- a male and two females, including Faisa aged 24 years were trapped under the mud while two persons were rescued.

According to Akindele the agency received a distress call through the emergency toll free line 112/767 at about 10.54 a.m.

“The report was of mudslide on illegal shanty houses around Amara Olu Street, Mechanic Village, Agidingbi in Ikeja.

“The agency’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) were able to rescue two people (a male and a female), while one adult female lost her life and the body was recovered,’’ the report said.

Dr Babatunde Adejare, commissioner, Ministry of Environment for Lagos and Tajudeen Balogun, commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,(NSCDC) were also on ground  for the rescue operation.

Dolapo Badmos, a superintendent of police and image maker for the Lagos state police command confirmed the dead of the housewife, saying that police officers were on ground to secure the areas from suspected hoodlums who may want to capitalize on the incident to carry out their criminal activities.