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From war-torn Borno to serene Ikoyi, death happened for Oyindamola

She was a very humble and respectful girl; she would greet everybody when she arrived from work every day. She is the first daughter of her mother and they are just two

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From war-torn Borno to serene Ikoyi, death happened for Oyindamola
Oyindamola's picture as uploaded by Facebook user, Agboola Yusuf Olatunji

 

One of the victims of the collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos, is a female youth corps member whose name is given as Zaynab Sanni Oyindamola.

Statistics out of the tragic site of the collapsed building shows that Oyin, as she was fondly called, is one of the three females out of the total 36 deaths so far recorded from the harrowing incident.

Oyindamola may have been alive today had she continued with her National Youth Service Corps assignment in the war-ravaged Borno State, where Boko Haram and other terrorist groups hold sway.

But her mother, apparently concerned for her safety and security, successfully got her deployment to Borno reordered, and she ended up in Lagos State.

Oyin became one of the six corps members deployed to Fourescore Heights Limited, developers of the 360 Degrees apartment high-rise buildings, under construction, along Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

When tragedy struck on November 1, 2021, with the collapse of one of the three blocks of high-rises, a 21-storey structure, being undertaken by Fourscore, Oyindamola was not lucky.

She was tragically caught up underneath the massive rubbles that was once shooting high into the skyline of the serene Ikoyi neighbourhood, a habitat for some of Nigeria’s rich, wealthy and affluent.

An NYSC source confirmed to the media that as of now, Oyindamola was the only corps member who died in the incident.

“Oyin as she was fondly called was a 2021 batch B corps member who was originally deployed to Maiduguri but got a redeployment to Lagos after the three-week orientation,” the source said.

READ: Death toll in Ikoyi building collapse shoots up to 36

A family member, who volunteered information to the media at the scene of the incident, said Oyindamola resumed work at the company some three weeks ago.

She said, “She has been coming here since then. We don’t even know why they sent her here. She was originally posted to Borno but her mother redeployed her.

“If we had known, we would have allowed her to continue her youth service in that state.

“We asked her not to go to Borno because of the insurgency but she went there for the three-week orientation and came back alive only to come and die.

“She was a very humble and respectful girl; she would greet everybody when she arrived from work every day. She is the first daughter of her mother and they are just two.”

Another eyewitness who sells around the area said one of the corps members who had come to buy from her escaped narrowly.

On the social media platforms, friends and colleagues are already mourning.

“She was among the victims of the 21-storey building collapse at Ikoyi but we lost her. May Her Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Sanni Zainab Oyindamola Ayinke. We love you but Almighty Allah loves you more,” wrote a friend, one Agboola Yusuf Olatunji, who also uploaded her pictures, on Facebook.

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