The identity of the man, crushed to death on Saturday, after his neighbour’s water tank and faulty stand gave way and fell into his room in Ikotun, Lagos state, smashing him to death, has been revealed.
The victim, now
identified as Jamal Nureni, is a 20-year-old man, who before his death, was seeking admission to study one of the engineering courses at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) had on Saturday confirmed the incident in a tweet which reads:
“Today in Ikotun, tank stand
gave way, full water tank fell off, went through the roof of the nearby bungalow, killed a young man sleeping in his room. You may want to check your water tank today.”
It has now been gathered that the victim, has been living with his grandmother Alhaja Yemisi Odejinmi for over three years at Alhaji Kazeem Street, Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos, where the incident happened.
The grievening grandmother while narrating what happened said she and the victim were supposed to visit the palace of the Oba of Isolo later that day, to get confirmation of his citizenship, a requirement to secure his admission into UNILAG.
She said the unfortunate incident happened around 6:00am, as she was bathing while Nureni was still sleeping and that she heard the very loud noise of the crash, but did not know it was her house, till she left the bathroom.
On leaving the bathroom, she discovered the water-laden tank from the neighbours compound next to hers, had given way and fallen on her bungalow, the area where Nureni was sleeping.
Alhaja Odejinmi said the tank shattered her grandson’s head and he was confirmed dead on arrival at the nearby hospital, he was rushed to.
She also said she has lived in the compound for over 40years and that before this tragic incident, whenever her neighbours pump water and the tank gets filled, it spills into her compound.
She said despite speaking to them several times without a change in behaviour, she left them and decided to be sweeping the water because they are all from the same town, Abeokuta.
She said: “Nureni’s father lives in Canada and I have broken the news to him. He was very sad. We have been receiving a lot of visitors. The owners of the tank have been begging us too.
“Even the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ikotun Police Station visited us, together with his team on the day of the incident.”