One dead, others injured as building collapses in Lagos police barracks

A bungalow in the Mounted Troop Police Barracks in Ikeja, Lagos State, on Tuesday, partially collapsed killing one Peace Bulus and broke the arm of her sister.

The victims’ mother, Hauwa, who escaped death alongside the injured victim and her two other daughters, was said to have collapsed due to shock.

Hauwa and her four children were sleeping in their one-room apartment in the barracks when an implosion occurred in the building around 3am as the lintel of the door suddenly fell, smashed Peace’s skull and broke her sister’s arm.

NEWSCASTARS.COM learnt that an eyewitness, Rasheed Adedeji, told PUNCH Metro that Peace died on the spot, while her injured sister alongside their mother fainted from shock asnd were rushed to the Police Clinic in Ikeja for treatment.

He said, “The incident happened around 3am 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 to 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.

The deceased’s distraught father said, “God giveth, and God taketh,” and declined further comments.

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