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Rainstorm wreaks havoc on property in Osun

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By Gbenga Olarinoye

The storm that wreaked havoc in some parts of Osogbo, Osun State capital, Wednesday night, blew off the roof of Christ Apostolic Church, Oke ASE, and smashed it on a building belonging to the Grand Imam of Ansarudeen, Alhaji Yunus Sanusi Imogbemi.

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The storm left behind a trail of devastation as electric poles were uprooted, blowing fences down aside other roofs blown away.

The newly constructed Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Ase, was completely destroyed as no fewer than 40 houses also had their roofs blown off in the area by the storm.

Pastor Oshunsina Abel, the pastor in charge of the church and Imam Imogbemi, called on the state government and other stakeholders to come to their aid.

Other areas in the state capital affected by the storm include Oke-Baale, Gbonmi, Isale-Osun, Kelebe, Ofatedo, Igbona, Oke Onitea among others.

The rain, which started about 7:10 pm and lasted for almost two hours, pulled down electric poles, block fences and blew off many roofs.

Although, there was no report of casualty as at the time of filling this report, traffic was obstructed by electric poles, which fell across the Kajola street, Balogun-Oke Bale,

Many residents of the affected areas were seen yesterday parking out of their buildings which had been blown off by the rainstorm.

The head of Kajola community, whose house is one of the affected houses in the area, Chief Tiamiyu Ibraheem, said it was a terrible experience for the residents of the area.

Chief Ibraheem said though no case of casualty was recorded, but personally lost close to one million naira worth of property.

He said they have called the electricity company to come and remove the poles that fell down during the heavy down pour.

Confirming the incident, General Manager, Osun State Emergency Management Agency OSEMA, TP Oluyemi Olanipekun Olanrewaju, said the agency has directed the affected people to come forward to make official complaint for necessary action.

He assured them of government intervention within a short period of time, urging residents to always check the conditions of their roofs so as to avert future reoccurrence.

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