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Several trapped as building collapse at Ibadan police station

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An unconfirmed number of persons was on Saturday evening trapped while others may be feared dead when a block of flat collapsed in the Sango Police Barracks, Ibadan the Oyo State capital

A source with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the incident.

The source, who said the agency got the alert around 8 pm, also said that the Federal Fire Service had been mobilised to the scene of the incident.

The source said that people were trapped and feared that some people might have been dead but could not authoritatively give any figure of casualty or details of what led to the building collapse.

A source, who works with the state Fire Services, denied knowledge of the incident, noting that no information had reached the Service on the building collapse.

The source who expressed shock at the news wondered why the State Fire Service could not be called or visit the scene of the incident, despite the proximity to the scene of the incident.

The source, however,  assured that they would immediately swing into action.

Also, the Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Service, Ismail Adeleke said he had not been informed about the development.

As such, he said he had no information on whether people were trapped or not but also assured that his team would immediately act by reaching out to sister agencies and take the next line of action.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Oyo State Police Command proved futile as at the time of filing this report, calls and messages made to the Command’s Spokesman were yet to be returned.

The news of the building collapse was shared via the social media video captioned: “This block just collapsed at Sango police Barracks, Ibadan, Oyo State,” posted on Twitter by one Miss Urie Keshia.

The collapsed structure is in front of a residential three-story building within the police Barracks.

Unconfirmed sources hinted that the part of the building went down at about 6 PM.

It was gathered that shortly after the collapse; scores of residents and people within the vicinity stormed the scene on a rescue mission but could not achieve anything for fear of causing more havoc.

But, sources confirmed that many people were at the scene waiting and hoping to offer help in the rescue effort.

As of the time of filing this report, no official statement had been issued by NEMA, SEMA, Police, or any other official emergency rescue workers.

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