- On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a three story building at Itafaji in Lagos Island collapsed
- Many lives were claimed in the collapsed building which housed a primary school, apartments and shops
- A father of one of the deceased, Abdulfatah Ayoola, revealed that his six-year-old son had asked him to say a prayer for him before he left for school that day
Tragedy struck on March 13, 2019, when a three story building which housed a primary school, apartments and shops collapsed at Itafaji, Lagos Island.
A number of lives were said to have been lost in the incident including those of some school pupils.
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A father of one of the affected students, Abdulfatah Ayoola, has been left inconsolable after confirming the death of his six-year-old son, Fawaz.
Fawaz’s corpse was reportedly retrieved from the rubble of the collapsed building at around 2pm on the day of the incident.
Speaking with The Cable, Ayoola revealed that his son had requested he prayed for him before leaving for school on the tragic day which he did, not knowing that it would be the last time he would do such for his son.
The father said: “He woke up late for school today. After taking his breakfast, he requested for money but I told him there’s no need for money since he has his lunch with him. Then he said, ‘daddy, pray for me before I go’, and I did exactly as he requested. He walked to school which is just few metres from the house”.
However, the mourning father who could not hold back his tears explained that he cannot question God but only pray and console his son’s mother. He also added that he knew a family that had lost four kids to the collapsed building.
“God gives and take, we cannot question Him. All I need to do now is pray for him, console the mother, I know of a family who lost four of their children in the building, what will be their fate? Praise be to Allah for everything”, Ayoola said.
Six-year-old Fawaz has already been buried at the Ikoyi cemetery according to Islamic rites. May the souls of all the lost ones rest in peace.
Meanwhile, the deputy speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Wasiu Esinlokun, visited the scene of the incident and revealed that a notice for demolition was served on the building on Tuesday, March 11, a day before the building collapsed.
Esinlokun, while speaking with journalists said that the Lagos state government would ensure that victims of the incident are treated free.
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