Lagos Building Collapse: Woman commits suicide after losing two children.
A mother, who lost her two children in the collapsed structure on Wednesday, committed suicide after she received news of the death of the children. The woman, it was learnt, gave birth to the two children, who were between the ages of six and four, through Caesarean Section (CS). When our correspondent visited her house at Gambari area of the Island, her husband refused to speak. However, some neighbors said the woman bought a bottle of insecticide called Sniper'. Nobody knew what she wanted to do with the Sniper. But a few minutes later we saw the bottle beside her where she was sleeping. By the time people got there she was already dead, a neighbor, who craved anonymity, said. Sympathizers, however, thronged their house to condole with the husband and family members. Hundreds of teachers and students from different private schools yesterday marched on the site of the collapsed building. One of their grievances was that schools should have been given holiday to mourn dead pupils and teachers.
They also called on the government to pull down every distressed building on the Lagos Island to check further loss of lives. Meanwhile, a mother, Yetunde, whose son was injured in the three-storey building which collapsed was too traumatized by the sight of the boy lying critically in the hospital bed. She had not sat down for over nine hours. She had been moving from one corner of the Lagos Island General Hospital to the other in search of the prescribed drugs and other needs demanded by the doctors. Yetunde is one of the lucky parents, whose children were pulled out of the rubble alive.
Among the visibly disturbed women at the Island General Hospital was a
lady who gave her name as Taiwo Jimoh. Jimoh, who was among those
resuscitated by the staff of the General Hospital following the shock
from the tragic incident, said she was in the hospital to commensurate
with her sister, whose three children were involved in the collapsed
building. She said: Samiat, Rodiyat and Roqib are my sister's children.
One of the children, who were a year and six months old, died at the
Massey Children's Hospital. My sister's children are Samiat Afolabi
(six), Rodiyat Afolabi (10) and Roqib Afolabi (18-month-old). We lost
Roqib in the incident. Roqib was the only son and youngest among the
children. Roqib was aged 18 months. He was in the creche of the school.