- A technical fault on one of the elevators at Cocoa House has led to the death of one person
- The tragic incident, which happened on Wednesday morning, also saw three people injured and hospitalised
- Police and relevant authorities have been briefed according to a statement released by Victor Ayetoro
Tragedy truck in Ibadan, Oyo state capital on Wednesday, January 6, as one of the popular Cocoa House's elevators malfunctioned, leading to the death of one person.
Three other people were said to have suffered various injuries due to the mechanical failure in the 25-storey building adjudged tallest structure in Ibadan, Channels TV reports.
Speaking on the development in a statement, Victor Ayetoro, the head of corporate affairs at the Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OICL), explained that the incident occurred at about 11am.
Ayetoro said the elevator malfunctioned when a team from the company’s technician handling the installation of the new lift visited the building.
According to him, the three men who survived the incident have been taken to the hospital for check-up and treatment.
He further added that police, head office of the company and other necessary authorities have been informed about the sad incident.
Part of the statement read:
"At around 11am this morning, the lift installation team from our contractor handling the installation of the new lift to improve the efficiency of work at OICL while working on the lift suffered a mechanical failure.
"The said failure resulted in the lift car dropping and crashing into the basement pit...
"We sympathise with the family of the deceased and pray that God Almighty in His infinite mercy will grant repose to the lost soul and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Amen."
Meanwhile, an assistant commissioner of police in Edo state earlier reported to have lost his life after he was shot by alleged cultists has resurfaced.
The police officer and two inspectors were on a rescue mission in Benin, the capital of the state when they were shot.
The two inspectors are reportedly in critical conditions in a hospital while rival cult attacks continue in the city.
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