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Six containers fall on shanty homes in Lagos

Tragedy struck at Iganmu Railway Line in Badia East of Apapa, Iganmu Local
Council Development Area of Lagos state on Monday as six containers fell on some residential structures about 6.30 in the morning, killing one person instantly with six others sustaining serious injuries.

The Daily Times gathered that the early morning windy down pour blew the containers belonging to Sifax Container Terminal Limited on make-shift structures which serve as abode to hundreds of people, including evictees from Ajeromi village.

The containers which height rose up to 100 feet high, were reported to have fallen on top of the shanty structures erected behind the fence of Sifax Container Terminal Company, where the containers were arranged. About five persons were still trapped under the containers at of the time of filling this report.

Following the incident,
a manager of Sifax Container Terminal Limited, owner of the containers has been arrested by policemen from Apapa Division of Railway Police Command.

One of the lucky victims, Babatunde Aiyetomowo whose escape was described as a miracle, told our correspondent that he was in the same building with the deceased persons, adding he was saved by the grace of God.

The 36-year-old who runs a chemist shop and hails from Ikale in Ondo state, with several deep cuts all over his body, said it was the alarm raised by neighbours that woke him from sleep and he subsequently escaped. “I didn’t know how I came out; it was only God that saved me,” he said.

An eye witness, Samson Enigbokan recalled that some staff of the company were working with cranes and without light at the time the containers toppled over.”

The company’s image maker, Mr. Muyiwa Akande disclosed that it is only empty containers that are stacked in the premises, just as he confirmed that the area had no light.

The company’s lawyer who declined to mention his name however said the containers must have fallen as a result of the early morning windy rain adding that the company would do all the needful and compensate the victims.

“It is not true that the workers were working at the time, there was no light in the area and they cannot be working at that time. We only stack empty containers here and they might have toppled over as a result of the wind and rain. We do follow normal standard procedure being a responsible company. We are going to do the needful and settle their bills,” the lawyer said.

Commenting on the incident, the Executive Secretary of Iganmu Local Council Development Area, Hon. Funmilayo Mohammed who sympathised with the victims, however said the residents have to vacate the area for their safety. She also called on the company to reduce the height of the containers to avert future occurrence or face the wrath of government.

The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA),  Hon. James Akindele who led operatives of the agency to the scene, were seen removing the corpse of the deceased at the time of the report. One of the cranes of the company was also used to remove the containers back to its premises, while policemen from both Badia Division and Railway Police were also at the scene of the tragedy.

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