Three women have been confirmed dead after a dilapidated building collapsed on them at Arakale area of the Ondo State capital, Akure while trying to evade arrest by the Task Force of the Fish Sellers Association.
The three women who are members of the Fish Sellers Association were said to be hiding inside the building while construction workers employed to pull down the building were unaware that the women were hiding inside the building.
According to a source, one of the victims, identified as Dorcas Ajayi, died in the incident while trying to hide her wares from the union task force because she was owing the sum of N1000.
The husband of the deceased who identified himself as Ayayi said her wife was trying to hide her wares from the task force when she met her untimely death.
He said he was informed of her wife’s death while working on his farm and said “I was on the farm when I was called that something has happened to his wife. I found my wife dead under the rubbles and took the body to the mortuary.
“They sold a form for her at the rate of N2000 and she had paid N1000. They chased her to pay the balance of N1000 and she went to hide her goods under that building while the building collapsed on her some other fish sellers.
The deceased son, Segun, described the death as a pathetic situation and blamed the task force for the death of his mother.
However, members of the Fish Sellers Association, protested to the Ondo Governor’s office over the death of their members, calling on the state government to dissolve the leadership of the union.
They alleged that the leadership of the union have been inflicting hardship on the members of the association instead of solving their problems.
They claimed that the deceased was barred from buying fish from any of the cold room in Akure because she was unable to pay the balance N1000 fee for the purchase of the registration form.
The state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu who addressed the protesters through his Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the state government would investigate the incident and address their grievances.
The state government, however, ordered the suspension of all activities of the Fish sellers union in the state.
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