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Monday, June 30, 2014

APETE MAKESHIFT BRIDGE COLLAPSES, RESIDENTS PROTEST & MANY MISSING

MEN of the Operation Burst, a security outfit put in place by the Oyo State government, fired tear gas on protesting residents of Apete in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State. 

The protest was orhestrated by the collapse of a makeshift bridge that links the community to other parts of Ibadan City which many of them attributed to the slow pace of work by the state government on the construction of a new bridge since the collapse of the old one during the August 2011, flood in which many lives were lost.The makeshift bridge which collapsed on Saturday after a downpour at Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State, as a result of which many people were declared missing.
 
Although, none of the men of the Operation Burst, was willing to speak with the Nigerian Tribune, on why they were on ground, but a source among the crowd informed that they were there to prevent people from moving closer to the river in order to avert further tragedy.

In the process of maintaining law and order around the area, an unidentified man, was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment following the release of teargas and shooting of gun into the air by the security personnel to disperse protesting residents who are demanding prompt action from the Oyo State government on the construction of a new bridge.

The source further informed that:”I think  men of the Operation Burst fired the tear gas and fired gun into the air to disperse the crowd, particularly, the area boys present at the scene who may want to take the advantage of the protest to perpetrate criminal act.” 

A volunteer, who controls traffic on the bridge, Mr Jonathan Chukwudi, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune on the Saturday evening flood which washed away some residents of the area, informed that the incident occurred when the rain stopped around  7:00p.m. he said: “The whole thing happened about 30 minutes after the rain had stopped. 

 The bridge under construction by the government.
I am a volunteer here, “I control traffic on the bridge on daily basis and that Saturday evening was not an exception. Sincerely speaking, I alongside some other people warned those that were swept away by the flood not to use the bridge because it was already shaking but they resisted, maybe beacuse they do not want to be stranded”.

He further stated that only two people were rescued, while a pregnant woman and her baby alongside some other people were swept away with the bridge and no one could ascrertain the actual figure. “I do not know where some people get their own figure from. I also read in a national newspaper that 10 people were drowned, it is true that some people were drowned but nobody can authoritatively say that this is the actual figure”.

Another resident, Hammed Ogundoyin, also in a chat with the Nigerian Tribune lamented the loss of lives caused by the Apete bridge since it first collapsed in August, 2011. He said:”The Federal Government should come to our aid because it seems the state government is not doing enough as far as work on the reconstruction of another bridge three years after the 2011 flood which claimed many lives”.

Some of them decried the stress they will encounter to get in and out of the community on a daily basis as they will have to take either Ajibode via University of Ibadan or Ologuneru/Eleyele route to get to their place of work.

A resident, Mrs Ameenat Raheem, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune, informed that:”It will cost me nothing less than N500 to and from my workplace if I take Ajibode U.I route on a daily basis. And you know the implication of that considering the economic situation in the country today. 

I want to appeal to the state government to hasten the pace of work on the new bridge in order to save us from this hardship and the continued loss of lives,” she said.

G5 condemns use of force
The G5, a political group in Oyo State, has condemned the use of force by the APC-led government in Oyo State to harrass the people of Apete, as they mourn the lives lost as a result of makeshift bridge in the community.

According to its national secretary, Kareem Olorunbe, the killing could have been averted “if we have a caring government in Oyo State.”

The group urged the state government not to play politics with the lives of the people as they did with Boko Haram saga.


15 people have so far been drowned in the flood occasioned by heavy downpour that fell for several hours on Saturday.  10 casualties were recorded at Apete area of Oyo State on Saturday, another five persons including three children of a woman taking refuge in a C&S church located around Olodo river were said to have been swept away by the raging flood.  


I hope both the State and Federal Governments will come to their aid as soon as possible. 

FIFTEEN people have so far been drowned in the flood occasioned by heavy downpour that fell for several hours on Saturday.
While 10 casualties were recorded at Apete area of Oyo State on Saturday, another five persons including three children of a woman taking refuge in a C&S church located around Olodo river were said to have been swept away by the raging flood.
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