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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Panic As Gully ‘Swallows Houses In Ogun Community

Owakurudu community in the Ijebu Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State is becoming deserted due to a gully that is eating into the community.

Punch Metro learnt that no fewer than 50 houses had fallen into the gully reportedly created by an abandoned water channelisation project of the state government.

About eight landlords, who owned houses in the area, reportedly died from shock after their houses fell into the gully.

When Punch correspondent visited the community on Tuesday, he observed as some tenants packed their belongings, preparing to vacate another house under threat of falling a prey to the gully.


Punch correspondent noted that parts of a few houses had fallen into the gully, while their owners rehabilitated the remaining part to make them habitable.

Some landlords, who spoke to Punch correspondent, said the state government was responsible for their predicament.

One of them, Alhaji Tunde Agbonmabiwon, who took Punch Metro round to see the damage to his bungalow, said he had been living in the area for about 27 years.

He said, “I have been living in my house since 1991. There was no problem then. I have all my documents intact, including the certificate of occupancy, survey and building plan.

“When I moved in, the pit was just about two feet wide. But the government, during a road rehabilitation, decided to channel all the water of Ijebu Ode through our community.

“Whenever it rains, we become afraid because the water pours in torrents. For about two to three hours after it must have stopped raining, floodwater will still be pouring through here.”

A 74-year-old landlord,  Adesanwo Maseka, whose tenants had vacated his building, said he was losing hope.

Maseka noted that promises made by government officials had gone unfulfilled.

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