In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, August, 2020

Lagos Helicopter Crash: I Have Been Barred From My Home

Lagos Helicopter Crash: I Have Been Barred From My House

Helicopter crash

Scene of the crash

In response to a report by The PUNCH, Mrs Oluwayemisi Oluwole, the landlady of 1 the 2 buildings affected by the ill-fated Bell 206 that crashed on Salvation Street, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos State, has stated she has been barred from sleeping in her home as a result of affect of the crash.

The 77-year-old lady spoke on Saturday when the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, visited the scene of the crash.

The helicopter, which took off from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, crashed into the fence in-between the 2 homes at 16A, Salvation Street, about two minutes to land at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.

All of the three crew members on board – recognized as Captain Chika Ernest, Macaulay Brownson and Clement Ndiok – died within the crash.

Oluwole stated she had been barred from sleeping in her home, and pleaded with Sanwo-Olu to help in fixing the harm on time.

She stated, “I thank God for what occurred as a result of there was no person within the condominium affected by the crash. We thank God that the helicopter didn’t land on prime of the home.

“I hope anyone will come and assess the diploma of the harm and that ought to be completed rapidly as a result of I’ve not entered the home since yesterday as a result of I’ve been barred from getting into the home.

“Since yesterday (Friday), lots of people have come right here with out observing any COVID-19 protocols. In my home now, I can depend 20 face masks on the ground. So, I need to enchantment to authorities to come back and assist us to sanitise the place.”

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Sanwo-Olu promised Oluwole and different affected residents that the state authorities would perform integrity take a look at on the constructions and do the mandatory repairs.

The governor additionally sympathised with the households of the late crew members and prayed that God ought to consolation them.

He stated, “I’m right here to do an actual on-the-spot evaluation and I’ve seen issues for myself. We thank God that as painful because the incident is likely to be, the harm was not past what we have now witnessed. We’re pained by the dying of the three folks on board, however we thank God as a result of it might have been worse than that.

“The affected buildings are residential properties which have residents dwelling there. As on the actual time the helicopter crash occurred, lots of people weren’t on the premises and even the aged folks that had been round had been of their rooms. However as God would have it, nothing in time period of fatality occurred to folks on the bottom. So, we have to thank God. If not, fatality could have been much more than what we’re speaking about.

“The folks affected are senior residents; they’re folks of their 80s and 70s. Now we have seen the extent of destruction and harm. Exams will likely be performed to know the integrity of the buildings and as soon as that’s ascertained, we’ll begin work with the federal businesses. We’ll begin the reconstruction and renovation of the locations affected and make sure that we rapidly carry respite to the senior residents which were affected.”

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