Three tragic accidents hit Southern Nigeria in three days

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A building collapsed in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island, Southwest Nigeria, on Wednesday, claiming several lives and leaving scores injured.

The incident happened when a three-storey building reported to be 30 years old, gave way. It housed residential apartments, business centres, and a primary school at the third floor.

Most of the dead were students of the school.

Official reports from the Lagos State government put the death toll at 20.

On Wednesday, Onitsha, a busy business area in Southeast Nigeria mourned the death of victims of a tanker accident.

Confirmation from the Anambra State Police Command put the casualty figure at 14 injured persons and seven dead.

According to account by witness on ground, along Upper Iweka Road, where the accident happened, the driver lost control of the kerosene laden tanker, crashed into the victims and other vehicles, having run off the service lane.

The Anambra government on Thursday set up a six-member panel to investigate the cause of the accident.

Less than 72 hours after the building collapse in Lagos and the Onitsha tanker accident, Ibadan, capital city of Oyo state in Southwest Nigeria recorded its own tragedy.

Reports on Friday evening were that a three-storey building under construction, in the Bode area of Molete, suddenly caved while work was going on, injuring some and trapping some others in the rubble.

Eye-witness account could not explain reason why or how it happened.

“I just heard a sudden blast and later found that I and others in the building have been trapped in the rubble,” one of the rescued workers said.

Four survivors had been rescued at the time of this report while search continued with no reported case of death.

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