A tragedy which struck in Jattu Uzairue Etsako West local government area of Edo State has left residents of the area homeless, as their houses were destroyed by a Globacom mast which fell on their buildings following the heavy downpour.
Though residents of the area are quite thankful for escaping the mishap, however it was gathered that many buildings were destroyed following the incident. Here are photos below;
Few years ago, it was reported that an 18-year-old boy, Innocent Ogah, was badly injured after a mast belonging to CitiBank collapsed and fell on buildings at the Ereko area of Lagos. The incident, which happened at about 9:04am, also destroyed other properties.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Michael Akindele, said investigation by the agency revealed that the said mast on the CitiBank building at 20 Ereko Street was not properly maintained before it fell, following a windstorm in the morning. He said the agency received an alert through the emergency Control Room.
Akindele said, “There was no loss of life recorded.
“However, an 18-year-old boy identified as Innocent Ogah sustained a terrible head injury and he has been moved to General Hospital,” he confirmed.
Meanwhile, Akindele advised organisations to always carry out proper maintenance of masts erected by them.
“The state government would continue to carry out the monitoring and surveillance to sanction non-compliant companies in effort to avert incidents of this nature,” he assured.
Also a family of three, a couple and their only daughter, narrowly escaped death when a communication mast pulled down by rainstorm, landed on their house at Udoka Housing Estate in Awka, Anambra State.
The couple, Mr. Joseph Eze, his wife, Veronica and an unnamed daughter, had gone to bed after dinner when the mast still under construction, fell and hit the roof of their bungalow, destroying the house as well as the walls of nearby buildings and some electric poles.