In Abia state, a breadwinner of her family and mother of five children had regrettably lost her life in collapsed building accident.
The deceased, Chizoba Precious Okeke, 38, hailed from Amauzari in Isiala Mbano Local Government of Imo State, but got married to Mr Anthony Okeke, an Mbaise man, also from Imo State, in 2007. The couple, alongside their five children (one boy and four girls), live at 26 Ukachi Street, off Port Harcourt Road, Aba, Abia State.
It was gathered that her children’s ages ranged from to 11 years.The deceased used to make local beverage drinks known as Soya milk and Zobo, which she hawked around town in a handcart. The lady automatically became the breadwinner of her parents and the family entirely, when her husband who was into the business of car upholstery, lost his job when the building which his workshop was attached got razed while the state government was reconstructing the road.
On Friday, April 6, the mother of five had finished making her beverage drinks, and gone to hawk them, just like she does every other day, but did not come back alive. Mr. Chinonso Maraizu Samuel, her younger brother alleged that his elder sister had on that day made her local beverages and went out to sell them as usual. She carried the drinks in her handcart to Port Harcourt Road and walked across to No.160 Port Harcourt Road to sell some of the drinks she had to people who were under a half-razed three-storey building when she met her sad end.
The Abia State government, in a bid to broaden the Port Harcourt Road, some buildings were being razed. One of the buildings that were being pulled down was a multi-storey building, which the contractor in charge of the project pulled the pillars of the building down and left it that way, without any danger sign and that became a trap that stole Chizoba’s life.
Chizoba’s younger brother, Chinonso, while narrating the story reported:
“My sister had as usual prepared her local drinks and went to the half pulled down house to sell her products to some people under the building. But as the Caterpillar was pulling down the next house, the vibration caused the building under which my sister went to sell the drinks to start giving in. As this was happening, some people who stood afar beckoned on those under the building to run for dear life.”
Unluckily, while others escaped from the collapsing building, the mother of five was the only one who was trapped to death. Chinonso sorely gave a clearer picture of how his sister died:
“When the building was giving in, other people under it ran in side ways direction, but my sister ran“My sister had as usual prepared her local drinks and went to the half pulled down house to sell her products to some people under the building. But as the Caterpillar was pulling down the next house, the vibration caused the building under which my sister went to sell the drinks to start giving in. As this was happening, some people who stood afar beckoned on those under the building to run for dear life.” straight to cross the road towards where he kept her pushcart, with which she carried her goods around; and part of the building fell on her and she died instantly.”
The lady didn’t just lose her life, but her death was a piteous one as the falling debris cut one of her legs off and smashed the other one. “When I came to the scene, I did not see one of her legs and I insisted that the two legs must be complete before I carry her to the mortuary. People helped me to find the leg that was chopped off”, her brother said.