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Man dies protecting son from collapsed building in Akure

A man was on Tuesday killed in Akure, Ondo State, following over 24 hours of rainfall which led to part of a building collapsing. Witnesses…

A man was on Tuesday killed in Akure, Ondo State, following over 24 hours of rainfall which led to part of a building collapsing.

Witnesses said the incident occurred around 3pm on Itedo Eledumare Street, Obale, in Akure North LGA.

Mrs Elizabeth Columbus, a tenant in the collapsed bungalow, said that a section of the building collapsed on Mr Titus Adega and his five-year-old son, Kizito Adega, causing the death of Mr Adega.

The widow of the deceased, Mrs Margaret Adega, said that the wall of the back section of the building fell on her husband and son who were outside during the rainfall.

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She said, “I heard the loud cry of my son from sleep and I rushed outside to discover him under the rubble of the collapsed wall of the building.

“I tried to extricate him and discovered the unconscious body of my husband on top of him. I believe my husband used his body to protect our son when the wall fell.

“I called our neighbours who assisted me to extricate them from the rubble and rushed both of them to the maternity centre.

“There, we were asked to take them to the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, but when we got there, he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

Mrs Adega further said that immediately her son was discharged from hospital her husband’s corpse would be taken to Benue State for burial.

Mr Gabriel Folahan, the head of the Children’s Emergency Room, who disclosed that Kizito Adega was brought in with bruises on the face and a leg fracture, said that the child would be referred to the orthopaedic ward for traction on Thursday. (NAN)

 

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