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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Building collapses in Lagos killing two sisters

A building located in Low Cost Housing Estate, otherwise called Jakande estate, in Oke-Ake-Afa, Isolo area of  Lagos, collapsed, yesterday, killing two graduate sisters.

The mother of the dead girls, identified as Mrs Coker, a widow, who was brought out of the debris alive was, however, in coma yesterday. Affected were flats 2, 4 and 6 of the six flat low-cost houses built over 30 years ago.

The building, Block M20, according to eye witnesses started showing cracks and sinking over a year ago. The tragic incident as gathered, occurred at about midnight causing  a deafening sound.



Vanguard gathered that while occupants in flats 2 and 4 managed to escape, those in flat 6 – Mrs Coker and her two children: Toyin, a graduate of the University of Lagos and her younger sister, Bukola, did not.

It was learnt that occupants of the collapsed building apparently ignored the warning signs of imminent danger which was evident since the past year. Tenants in flats two and six reportedly moved out some months ago, only for owner of flat two to lease the flat out to new occupants.

After the incident, youths in the area reportedly began a rescue mission. The body of Mrs Coker in her unconscious state was said to be the first to be brought out from the debris at about 3am and was immediately rushed to the estate health centre. Bukola’s body, in her night gown was reportedly brought out at about 5am, while that of  Toyin was brought out an hour later, stone dead. When Vanguard arrived the scene at about 8am, officials of NEMA and neighbourhood watch were sighted.

Fire fighting vehicles arrived later.

Source: Vanguard

80 Comments:

  • At 22 November 2012 at 08:55 , Anonymous BLOGLORD said...

    what a sad news ds morning! may their souls rest in peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 08:57 , Blogger kemsugar said...

    I heard bou it, its a pity..May de rest in peace. God plz protect us.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:02 , Blogger Docia said...

    Not again! After suffering a trauma of what happened in Ghana some few weeks ago. My sincerest condolence to the poor widow.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:04 , Anonymous mzleemah said...

    May God rest their soul

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:06 , Anonymous Critical observer said...

    Omaga o!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:07 , Blogger Anwuli Oputa said...

    It's so sad may the two young women's soul rest in peace.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amen oh, person go comot, death go come, person go Hide for house, death go come. God na ur hand our life de oh. Pls Give us a longer life.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:08 , Blogger Anwuli Oputa said...

    It's so sad may the two young women's soul rest in peace.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    OMG! May their souls rest in peace, Amen!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:12 , Anonymous floxy said...

    May dia soul rest in perfect peace. But den for a building dat has been showing signs over a year ago,dats a long time enuf for pple to pack out.we take tings for granted around here.so pathetic!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:13 , Anonymous kem b said...

    Oh God, this is a sad story to begin the day with.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:13 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amen!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:15 , Anonymous bee said...

    Hmmm...may their soul rest in perfect peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:19 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Lagosians in particular, you know your houses were built even before you were born, you can see the iron bars, cracks, the cemented ceilings have given way, don't ignore these signs. I'm always scared whenever I am at a friends house.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What a pity

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:24 , Anonymous mummy kim said...

    May their gentel soul Rest in perfect peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:26 , Anonymous Vicky said...

    I don't understand, the collapse of the building happened before 3am but the fire fighters arrived after 8am?

    An inquiry needs to be made.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:26 , Anonymous lady B said...

    May their gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:26 , Blogger Kass Babs said...

    It hurts so bad

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:30 , Blogger Warri Girl said...

    What a tragedy , may thier soul RIP

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May thier soul rest in peace ooo. Its such a sad story.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what a sad news this morin, may ur gentle souls rest in peace of the LORD sweet sisters

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their souls rest in peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:34 , Anonymous kinki said...

    Eyah wat a pathetic story...may dia souls rest in peace n may God console de widow n give her anoda reason 2 smile...amen!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:35 , Blogger Debrasgist said...

    So sad! Rest in peace.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:36 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tooooyiiiinn! Oh no!!!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:41 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    those houses were not built 20years ago but were built some years back like 2007 or so that is y it is called block M. they were not built during jakande era
    RIP

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:47 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their soul rest in peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May dere soul rest in peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nigerians you need to bow down and pray,too much disasters in your country...u sin too much oooooooooooo,God is not happy at all

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 09:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their souls rest in perfect peace.Amen.eternal rest grant to them o Lord n let perpetual light shine upon dem.Amen

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:00 , Anonymous slimzyose said...

    may their souls rest in peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:01 , Blogger BONARIO NNAGS said...

    What a tragedy,may their souls rest in peace.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:03 , Anonymous kasillars said...

    Linda ooo, d building dat collapsed was nt part of d original jakande buildings built ova 30 years ago. I was one of d new building of abt 6 in numbers buit abt 5 years ago. God wee save us in dis country frm all dis useless developers. May their soul rest in piece. Its painfull

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:04 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So sad!!! May their souls rest in perfect peace!!!!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What a tragedy,oooo god help your people in this risk world,may the departed souls rest in perfect peace AMEN.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:07 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their soul RIP.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    chai....if na my 6taz or kids, i fit run mad. Hu get d estate self? Mitchewww.....nd na pple future wives b dat ooo ummmm...may d soul of diz mission impossible gelz rip. Amen

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Eya GOD wil surly help us all.....may dia soul R I P

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just heard about it, Bukola is a friend, and i know toyin too. Just can't believe this happened!

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:41 , Blogger Billie Jean said...

    There should take housing seriously
    There should be a board to check and demolish old structures
    Maintenance is key!
    House owners take note

    RIP

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their souls
    R.I.P

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 10:48 , Anonymous Adorabledammie said...

    Amen to that @Kinki.....Rest in peace to them.....I pray we all live to see our children's children.....Amen#

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 11:03 , Blogger Joseph George said...

    My sincere condolence to the widow and the gals may there soul rest in peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 11:13 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their soul rest in peaxe. I pray God keep their mom.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 11:40 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their souls
    R.I.P

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 11:41 , Anonymous Coco said...

    Omase o..may dia soul rest wif da Lord..God pls ve mercy on ur children

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 11:56 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @ biily jean
    please check sentences before typing
    THERE SHOULD TAKE HOUSING SERIOUSLY?? are you for real

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 12:03 , Blogger stanley onduru said...

    may the gentle souls of the departed rest in peace....amen.....and d govt had better do something to stop this ugly trend of buildings collapsing frequently. Penalties should be enforced on those who fault in erecting structures without undergoing the required process by the regulatory agencies>>Nigerians should also pay attention to some signs in their buildings, i saw a building the other day that was tilted to an angle and funny enough people were still in the building as you need no soothsayer to tell that building is imminent for collapse.....pls also get coren certified engineers to supervise building contracts...

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 12:30 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their souls
    R.I.P

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 12:41 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their souls
    R.I.P

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 12:46 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their gentle soul rest ‎​I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ perfect peace. S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ sad,different tragedy everywhere.may God guide us all

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 12:54 , Blogger Stel said...

    It is sad. Toyin & Bukky & i were childhood friends with other girls. We all grew up in same area in Apapa road ebute metta. We attended nsry & pry sch together...... God!!! Still in shock. Rest in peace dear Toyin & Bukky Coker.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 12:58 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    R..I..P sister's and the year is almost over for somethng sad like dis 2 happen

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 13:03 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    May their Souls rest in peace. This estate is not far from mine and I must tell you that our Govt is giving out contracts to quacks. Even the one that was built in my estate around 2004 is already bent to the side. All these new estate building are Death Traps. Have seen those girls some couple of times and I pray GOD grants them rest.So Painful.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 13:06 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Their mum was told to move out about 20mins before the building collapsed but said "God will see us through till tomorrow". Now people should recognize when God is talking cos he won't come in his physical presence but send human's like ourselves to us. I pray the spirit to discern, may the LORD release on us in JESUS name. It is Well.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 13:24 , Anonymous vivian chukelu said...

    why r nigerians so ignorant,when they noticed th crack in th building why didnt they do sumthing abt it or move out of th building,now two lives are gone....may their souls n does of the faithful departed rest in peace AMEN.God pls console th poor widow and keep her strong too.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 14:42 , Anonymous Nneka Nwabudike Atolagbe said...

    This is very shocking, still finding it difficult to believe. Toyin was my classmate in secondary school(Marywood Grammar School,Ebute Metta)while Bukky was our junior. God, may their souls Rest in Peace.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 14:44 , Anonymous Sumburthy said...

    OMG !!! I knew Toyin from her mediagenic days. So sad. May her gentle soul RIP

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 15:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    RIP
    pls dont spell check Billie Jean on an Obituary, Learn RESPEKT

    RIP :-(

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 15:07 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh God y do u allow some Kind things to allow naa Lord. May their souls rest in perfect peace

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 16:24 , Blogger somadina obi said...

    So sad.....Nigerians Take things for granted....may God console τ̣̣ђё mum..give her a reason to smile again, and τ̣̣ђё soul of her daughters R. ​¶.P

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 16:25 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Is dat y we r here?abeg pass d mic jor....wole soyinka mheeewww

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 16:30 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Linda I might have mentioned his before but you write terribly. I love visiting your site for new gist but u def. need English classes!!!
    Must u mention if the degree of the person all the time ?

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 17:23 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I called M̶̲̥̅γ̲̣̣̥ elder sister that stays in the estate. Neighbours actually asked their mum to leave and she said they were covered with d blood of Jesus.wasn't that putting God to test?? May their souls RIP

    *effizy*

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 17:31 , Blogger cat-eye said...

    remember the daily inspiration reading u bc everymorning,u were alwys for christ that's why I'm strong in that ure resting with God!
    I remember the day u pinged to tell me u ate bitterleaf soup in my state n aw we laffed abt it.
    I remember aw pleasant u alwys were,my petite very smart headgirl(MGS,2001 set) Bukola Coker,RIP!
    RIP Toyin coker (MGS,1998 set)

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 17:34 , Blogger cat-eye said...

    remember the daily inspiration reading u bc everymorning,u were alwys for christ that's why I'm strong in that ure resting with God!
    I remember the day u pinged to tell me u ate bitterleaf soup in my state n aw we laffed abt it.
    I remember aw pleasant u alwys were,my petite very smart headgirl(MGS,2001 set) Bukola Coker,RIP!
    RIP Toyin coker (MGS,1998 set)

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 17:35 , Blogger cat-eye said...

    remember the daily inspiration reading u bc everymorning,u were alwys for christ that's why I'm strong in that ure resting with God!
    I remember the day u pinged to tell me u ate bitterleaf soup in my state n aw we laffed abt it.
    I remember aw pleasant u alwys were,my petite very smart headgirl(MGS,2001 set) Bukola Coker,RIP!
    RIP Toyin coker (MGS,1998 set)

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 18:35 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WONU: such is life, RIP. ur comment is reali funny buh I won't laff

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 20:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    the m blocks in that estate were built way after the jakande blocks, funny enough the 30 year old jakande era buildings are still standing
    RIP to those that died.

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 21:40 , Blogger john kennedy said...

    Allah protect us

     
  • At 22 November 2012 at 23:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    RIP Toyin

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 00:37 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    U suffered a truma over the 1 that happened in Ghana? Ooo gimme a break...................... Rip to this poor girls, God would heal their mum. SMH @ The owner of the building

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 00:39 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You are always scared when ever ur at a friends house? Lmao Oya change ur friends.....

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 00:42 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just knew someone would point that out as if its strange, is that not Nigeria? Inquiry ker dream on.

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 08:27 , Blogger Micbechy said...

    @ Vivian C: Poverty is the real cause of this. There may not be money to get themselves fixed somewhere and blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. May God help us and may their souls rest with the Lord. Amen

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 12:04 , Anonymous Mama ifu said...

    @Vicky, where u from girl? Don't be an oboho! Oya let's all sit and wait for the white paper on this matter. Ode.

    Rip to the victims...does anyone know if the daughters were also independently told to leave? Tragic that the mom lived but the girls she should have been protecting died.

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 15:09 , Blogger Alimi Akorede said...

    linda i grow up in that estate. we have jakande buildings, n blocks and m blocks. the m blocks are lesser than ten years old, very recent building. the 30yrs old building are still standing strong. bad cement and engineering causing problems.....@kordaytyt

     
  • At 23 November 2012 at 22:52 , Blogger Padita Alfreds said...

    my condolence

     
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