Nigeria: Tragedy Strikes as Building Collapse Claims Lives of Mother and 9-Day-Old Infant in Ondo
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Tragedy struck in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, as a building collapse claimed the lives of a woman and her nine-day-old baby, while the baby’s brother and grandmother narrowly escaped with injuries. The incident occurred on Ayedun Street, around Hospital/Egbe road, in Akure metropolis.
The identities of the victims remained unknown at the time of reporting, adding to the poignancy of the unfortunate event. According to an eyewitness, the fatal collapse was triggered by the sudden fall of an overhead water tank mounted near the two-story building. The mother and her newborn, who was christened just two days prior on December 12, 2023, were inside the building and tragically died instantly.
The witness described the incident as particularly heart-wrenching, noting that there were no visible signs of weakness in the concrete structure supporting the water tank. The collapse happened suddenly, prompting neighbors to rush to the scene, only to find themselves helpless as the victims were buried under the debris.
Efforts to rescue the trapped individuals proved futile, leading to the eventual evacuation of their bodies by security personnel who responded to the scene. The injured victims were swiftly transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
Adding to the tragedy, the husband of the deceased was away on an appointment when the incident occurred. He rushed back upon receiving the distressing news, only to witness the devastating scene of his wife and baby under the collapsed building.
While the Ondo State Police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami, could not be reached for immediate comment, a senior police officer confirmed the occurrence of the incident. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the structural vulnerabilities in some buildings and the potential dangers they pose to occupants.