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Victim of Magodo collapsed building seeks financial assistance

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
07 November 2022   |   3:06 am
Three years after he lost his three children and five-month-old pregnant wife to a collapsed building in Magodo, Otache Emmanuel is crying for help.

Three years after he lost his three children and five-month-old pregnant wife to a collapsed building in Magodo, Otache Emmanuel is crying for help.

   
Emmanuel’s family members were killed after a house built on a hill collapsed at about 3:00 a.m. on their bungalow located at No 48, Otun Araromi street, Lagos,  off Isheri-Magodo in 2019.
 

Emmanuel

 
According to a medical report, sighted by The Guardian, Mr. Emmanuel, was admitted at Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) and was in a coma for seven months. After regaining consciousness, he discovered that his three children and wife had been buried.
   
Emmanuel, who visited Rutam House, Isolo, Corporate Headquarters of The Guardian, said he needs funds to start a business.
 
He said: “I am 39 years old. My late wife, Alema Faith Emmanuel was 30, my daughter, Jummai was 13 and Dominion was six years old, while Daniels was three years when they all died in the incident.
 
“ I have been using crutches since I was discharged from LASUTH because of fractured bones during the incident. There is metal in my body that needs to be removed. I do not have a place to stay and no money to begin life afresh.”
   
Emmanuel further explained that the thought of losing his entire family made him want to commit suicide.
       
Also, Mr. Emmanuel said he applied for justice and welfare at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in a letter dated October 19, 2020.
   
But, responding to the letter, the Ministry’s Assistant Director, Staff welfare for Director of Human Resources Management, Mrs. Ugwu-Chima Nnennya, said: “I am directed to inform you that the Ministry does not have budget allocations for such assistance. You may seek redress in a competent court of jurisdiction for the loss and wrongdoings against you.”  
 
When The Guardian contacted Dr. Adewunmi, who managed his case, he said: “I am aware of Mr. Emmanuel‘s case. We cannot really say anything for now because the last time we saw him was when he told us he fell. Meanwhile, he has defaulted for two years. He was meant to be coming here for a medical check-up, since he lost his entire family.  For now, he needs to come back, so that the doctors can examine him and make other recommendations. All building collapse victims are given free medical treatment and attention. The Governor already gave that directive and we have been following it.” 
 
Any member of the public who wants to assist Mr. Emmanuel should contact The Guardian.

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