By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A septuagenarian man, Pa Samuel Oguntoyinbo on Tuesday, 19th August, 2014 narrowly escaped being killed when his one-storey building collapsed owing to heavy downpour in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria.
Pa Oguntoyinbo of 4A Oke-Ayepe, Ilesa Road in Osogbo was said to be sleeping on the couch in his sitting room during the torrential rainfall in the early hours of the day before a windstorm attacked the old building leading to its collapse.
The 70 year-old man who was the only occupant in the building at the time of the incident sustained a deep cut on his left leg.
Residents of the area were said to have rescued Oguntoyinbo from the rubbles and gave him first aid treatment.
Speaking on the development, the Head of Department of Disaster Rescue Management Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Olufemi Awofade confirmed that Oguntoyinbo survived in the building collapse.
Awofade said the O’Ambulance team was immediately invited and took the victim to the state hospital for necessary medical attention.
According to Awofade, the Disaster Rescued Management Unit of NSCDC had two years ago served all owners of ancient and dilapidated building in the state an order to evacuate the structures.
The grandfather’s building, which is situated at a stone throw from the state command of NSCDC, according to Awofade, was the first building to be served the evacuation order.
But Awofade noted that the occupants of the building refused to adhere to the order saying “we cannot force them out.”
He then admonished the people of the state living in dilapidated houses to evacuate the buildings or demolish them and rebuild new ones for safety of their lives and property.