A bungalow in the Mounted Troop Police Barracks in Ikeja, area of Lagos State, on Tuesday, partially collapsed and killed a lady identified as Peace Bulus and broke the arm of her sister.
The victims’ mother, simply identified as Hauwa, who escaped death by a whisker alongside the injured victim and her two other daughters, was said to have collapsed due to shock.
NEWSNAIJA learned that Hauwa and her four children were sleeping in their one-room apartment in the barracks when an implosion occurred in the building around 3 am.
It was further gathered that the lintel of the door suddenly fell, smashed Peace’s skull, and broke her sister’s arm.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Rasheed Adedeji, told journalist at the scene that Peace died on the spot, adding that her injured sister alongside their mother, who fainted from shock, was rushed to the Police Clinic in Ikeja for treatment.
Adedeji said, “The incident happened around 3 am when rain was falling. What we observed when we got there was that the lintel of their room collapsed and fell on two of the children, while they were asleep.
“As the lintel fell, it smashed Peace’s head and broke the arm of another child, and the effect on the mother made her collapse.
“The building is an old bungalow. The roof of the building is still intact, but I am surprised how the lintel of the door fell.”
Another eyewitness, Idris Abdulsalam, said it took eight hefty men to lift the lintel to retrieve Peace’s remains, adding that her corpse had been buried in a cemetery in the Agege area of the state.
When approached the father of the deceased for a comment, he said, “God giveth, and God taketh,” and declined further comments.
When contacted, Muyiwa Adejobi, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said he would find out about the incident and get back to our correspondent, but had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.