The rain that has been falling for
the past 10 days in Lagos and Ogun states claimed two lives on Tuesday as a
newly-wed teenager and a gatekeeper were affected in the states.
While the teenager, 16-year-old Biola,
was killed in the Agidingbi, Ikeja area
of Lagos State, the gatekeeper, 27-year-old Joshua Moses, was electrocuted on
the River Valley Estate, in the Ojodu Berger area of Ogun State.
Urban Express learnt that biola was killed by a mudslide, which was said to
have occurred due to the heavy rain fall that opens up different environmental challenges on inhabitants in the
state of lagos and Ogun.
Biola and her husband, as was gathered,
were reportedly married about 10 days ago in their village in Goza, Borno
State, and had relocated to Lagos.
Urban Express learnt that the
deceased was alone in the house when the incident happened.
The corpse was recovered by
officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, who responded to a
Also present at the scene were
officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Emergency
Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rapid Response
Squad and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
Urban express reporter , who visited the scene, gathered
that the slum, which was on Dosumu Street, off Amara Olu Road, Agidingbi, was
inhabited by Borno State residents who fled their homes to seek refuge from
Boko Haram attacks.
It was also learnt that there were
about 100 people staying in the slum, popularly called Kurata.
A resident, Umaru Mate, said the
mudslide occurred around 10am, adding that three shanties were destroyed by the
He said, “I went out very early
this morning and returned around 10am. I was about going into my house when I
heard a loud noise.
“About 20 of us rushed there and
saw that three houses had been destroyed by the mudslide. We were able to
rescue a man, Umar, his wife and their five children.
“The woman that died just got
married to her husband in the village. They have not stayed up to 10 days in
Another resident, Hassan Aji,
appealed to the government to find a better place for them.
He said, “We are all from Borno
State. We left our villages because of Boko Haram. We relocated here about two
years ago. Our villages are deserted. As I speak with you, I don’t know where
my mother is. I have two wives and seven children and if the government sends
us away from here, I don’t know where to go.”
Ibrahim Aliu, another resident,
said they paid N24,000 per year as rent to some men who claimed to be working
for the Lagos State Government.
He said, “Three persons were
discovered trapped in the mud. The
agency’s emergency response team was able to rescue two of them, while the
third victim was recovered dead.
“The area is a buffer zone which is
not good for human settlement. The Lagos State Government has been sensitising
people staying in flood-prone areas and wetland to vacate such areas to avert
loss of lives especially, during this rainy season.”
The spokesperson for NEMA,
South-West Zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, said in press time, “It is a mudslide which
collapsed on shanties in the slum. A woman, 16-year-old biola faisa, who got
wedded about 10 days ago, was killed.”
The River Valley Estate incident
occurred on Abiodun Bada Street, and URBAN EXPRESS learnt that the gatekeeper,
Moses, was electrocuted at about 6.30am.
It was learnt that he had opened
the gate for his employer to drive out when an electric pole fell on him.
The rainfall, which lasted for
about 12 hours in several areas in Lagos and Ogun states, forced some residents
to abandon their houses as a result of floods.
Several streets visited by Urban
Express in the Egbeda and Idimu areas of Lagos State were flooded as human and
vehicular movements were also suspended.