… 1 dies as building collapses in Ondo***
An early morning head on collision involving a tipper loaded with sand and a commercial bus claimed the lives of four persons on Tuesday in Benin.
The accident occurred at Ogbelaka Junction on Sakponba Road, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman of the Police Command in Edo, SP Bello Kontongs, who confirmed the incident, said that four persons died, as opposed to the nine reported by those at the scene of the mishap.
He said that three people lost their lives on the spot, while one died on the way to the hospital.
According to him, those injured in the accident were rushed to hospital for treatment.
The accident caused traffic gridlock, as the exit routes to Asoro, Eri and Ogbelaka Streets were completely blocked, leaving commuters to trek long distances to their destinations.
In another development, the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security Civil and Defence Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the death of one person in a collapsed building on Tuesday in Fanibi area of Akure.
Mr Hammed Abodunrin, the Commandant of the Corps in the state, said some occupants of the storey building who were trapped had been rescued.
Abodunrin told the newsmen that the incident occurred at about 3:00 a.m. while the occupants were asleep.
He said that the remains of the deceased, a woman, had been retrieved and deposited at the hospital morgue.
”The corps has taken it upon itself to sensitise members of public on the ways to protect themselves from such harm.
”A building would not just collapse, there must have been some tangible signs before it collapses.
“We want members of public to be aware of the dangers to their lives and the basic things they should watch out for, not only banditry or kidnapping.
“There are many other issues that can take our lives, so, we should be more vigilant.
“Those who are constructing should know the kinds of structures to be built on some lands,” he said.