An old one-storey building located in the Ogbe area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, on Wednesday night, collapsed causing major distress to the residents of the neighbourhood.
The residents narrowly escaped being hit by debris. However, the impact of the collapsed building slightly affected a bungalow building beside it.
The incident occurred at about 8.30pm shortly after the rains stopped.
The family who owned the building abandoned it over five years ago, because its members had differences.
The building which is a stone throw from the Freeman Methodist Church, suddenly cracked, forcing the neighbours to run out from their houses over fear that it may collapse on their building, alas! the building collapsed.
The landlord of one of the houses located beside the collapsed building, Olanrewaju Agbaye,while speaking about the collapsed building said that they were all indoors when they heard a loud crack, which was followed by the collapse of the building.
“We were inside because of the rain, and just few minutes after the rain stopped, we just heard a loud crack and had to run out, only to see the building collapsing, as you can see the impact on part of my house which broke part of it”
He said, “the house is over 100 years and the family abandoned it over five years ago, we can’t see any one of them since them, I have been to local government over the abandonment and the death threat it is constituting but no positive response from the authority until this happened now”
Mr. Agbaye appealed to the State Government to come to the aide of the residents by fishing out the owners of the building to find a lasting solution to it, before the collapsed structure claims the lives of innocent people.