Tragedy struck on Tuesday in Akure, during the round the clock downpour when a building collapsed, leading to the death of a man.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred at 3.00 p.m, at Itedo Eledumare Street, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area.
Mrs Elizabeth Columbus, a tenant in the collapsed bungalow, said that a section of the building wall collapsed on Mr. Titus Adega and his five-year-old son , Kizito Adega, and in the process of protecting the boy, the man died.
The widow of the deceased, Mrs Margaret Adega, narrated that the wall of the back section of the building suddenly fell on her husband and son, who were outside during the rainfall.
“I heard the loud cry of my son from my sleep and I rushed outside, only to find him under the rubbles of the collapsed wall of the building.
“While trying to extricate him, I 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 out to neighbours who assisted me to extricate them from the rubbles and rushed both of them to the maternity centre in the neighborhood.
“On getting there, we were asked to take them to the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital. But when we got there, my husband was confirmed dead on arrival.”
The bereaved widow said that the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary while their son, who had a leg fracture and minor bruises on the face, was receiving treatment.
Mrs Adega said that immediately her son is discharged from hospital, her husband’s remains would be taken to Benue for burial.
Speaking with newsmen, Mr Gabriel Folahan, the head of the Children’s Emergency Room, said that Kizito Adega was brought into the hospital around 4.52pm with bruises on his face and a leg fracture.
Folahan said that the child would be referred to the Orthopedic ward for traction.
Investigation also revealed that the rainfall wreaked havoc in other parts of Oba-Ile and the Airport road.