Man Falls Into Soakaway While Starting Generator


Tragedy struck in the Mushin area of Lagos State following the fall of a 35-year-old tricycle rider, Olalekan Salisu, into a soakaway in his house and died. PUNCH Metro report:

He was said to be starting his small generator on the soakaway around 9pm on Sunday when the slab covering the soakaway gave way. The generator and the Ogun State indigene were said to have fallen into the soakaway. Residents said it took about five hours before the victim, who was married with two kids, could be brought out. He was brought out dead.

Tension was still high on Wednesday when PUNCH Metro visited the scene of the incident, a two-storey building on Anipele Street, Olorunshogo, Mushin. Our correspondent observed that two fresh concrete slabs had been prepared to replace the damaged one which was at the back of the house. Faeces, said to have been drained out of the soakaway with pumping machines in frantic bid to remove the victim, were still in the gutters in the area.

Some of the deceased’s co-tenants, however, denied living in the house or knowing about the incident. They declined to talk to PUNCH Metro. One particularly threatened to beat up our correspondent. One of the tenants, who did not identify himself, asked our correspondent to leave immediately.

He said, “Look, everybody is sad. The man that died here is young and his family has left the house for their home town after the incident. The landlord does not live here with us. If you want to get any information, come back when his family returns or when everybody is in a good mood.”

However, some residents of the area claimed that the tenants were trying to cover up what had happened in the house. A resident, John Ademola, who said he was among those that attempted to save the victim on the night of the incident, explained that the tenants usually put generators on the soakaway which must have weakened the slab and caused the tragedy. He said, “On that night, the man, who lived on the second floor, came outside to turn on his generator after a power outage.