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Two Escape Death, As Rain Wreaks Havoc In Kwara

By Dare Akogun

Two occupants in a moving car narrowly escaped death on Thursday evening along Unity Road in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital when a political signpost fell on their vehicle during torrential rain.

The rain which fell for a few minutes and was accompanied by a strong windstorm wreaked havoc in the city damaging signposts, cars, buildings, electric poles, and wires.

The rain which was accompanied by a strong windstorm also damaged buildings in some parts of Ilorin West and Ilorin South Local government areas of the state.

A Fallen Signpost in Taiwo area of Ilorin                                                                                             PHOTO CREDIT : TOYIN SAHEED

It was gathered that residents of Taiwo, Unity, Itamodu, and other areas in the Ilorin metropolis were left counting their losses after the rainstorm destroyed property including buildings, cars, signposts, and shops estimated at several millions of Naira.

Several signposts were brought down, blocking the major road of Sawmill, Taiwo, and Unity areas of the metropolis.
Kwara State Fire Service, however, said that the incident did not claim any life adding that two occupants of a car on which a signpost fell on Unity Road escaped from the car.

Spokesman of the state Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, said that the rainstorm damaged many houses in Taiwo Isale, Unity road, and Ita Amodu areas among other areas of the town.

“What would have been the worst was the fallen political signposts which fell on a car at Unity road adding that the occupants of the car had gone down before men of the fire service came to their rescue,” he said.

Adekunle said that the Director of the State Fire Service, Prince John Famuyiwa, advised the people of the state to always remain indoors anytime they observed that rain was going to fall.

Famiyiwa also warned vehicle owners and drivers to keep off the streets whenever rain was falling or about to fall for the safety of their lives.

Also speaking on the incident, the Director General of Kwara State Signage and Advertisement (KWASAA), Olorunshola Omotayo, said efforts are ongoing to clear the falling signposts off the road to allow free flow of traffic adding that the damage would also be evaluated.

Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has sympathized with residents of the state over rainstorms, and flooding incidents.

The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye described the incident as unfortunate.

He sympathized with residents of Ilorin and some communities in the state who were affected by the rainstorm and flooding of Thursday night.

“The Governor described the incidents as unfortunate. The Governor is sad about the havoc that the rainstorm wreaked on public and private properties, especially in the Ilorin metropolis, Oke Ero, and some other areas,” according to a government statement on Friday,” the statement read.

“The Governor is aware of and commends the ongoing efforts of relevant government agencies to evacuate the many fallen signposts and clear the highways for free movement of traffic.

“While the state government will collaborate with the Federal Government to continually tackle the question of flooding, the government appeals to members of the public to avoid littering the drainages or blocking the free flow of water.”

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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