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Three Women Die As Building Collapses In Ondo State

Three women have reportedly died after a dilapidated building collapsed on them at Arakale area of Akure, the Ondo State State capital.

 

The women, said to be fish sellers at the popular Oja Oba market, were reportedly sitting under the building when it fell on them.

 

According to the Nation, the women were said to be hiding from a task force of the Fish Sellers Association of Nigeria.

 

It was gathered that some workers hired to pull down the building were at site working when it collapsed on the women.

 

One of the victims identified as Dorcas Ajayi was said to have been hiding her wares from Union task force because she owed the sum of N1000.

 

Her husband who gave his name as Ajayi said his wife’s goods would have been seized which made her to hide them in the building.

 

Mr Ajayi said he was working in his farm when he was called that something had happened to his wife.

 

The deceased’s son, Segun, blamed the workers carrying out demolition of the building for the death of his mother.

 

Meanwhile, the death of the women made other fish sellers to lead a protest to the Ondo Governor’s office.

 

The protesters demanded immediate disbandment of the Fish Sellers Association for inflicting hardship on them instead of solving their problems.

 

They claimed that the deceased was barred from buying her fish from any cold room in Akure because she was yet to pay her the balance N1000 fee for purchase of registration form.

 

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who addressed the protesters through his Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the state government would investigate the incident.

 

Following the incident, Governor Akeredolu ordered for suspension of all activities of the Fish sellers union in the state.

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