ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
Members of family in Nange-Ama community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have escaped death by a whisker following the collapse of a telecommunications mast that destroyed their house.
The telecom mast, which is said to be owned by one of the first generation mobile telecommunications company, Airtel, collapsed and destroyed properties worth millions of naira including a house.
It was learnt that the telecommunications mast, which was erected in a residential area without allegedly considering its radius and reach, collapsed recently.
It was also learnt that several properties were destroyed including a well furnished six-bedroom bungalow owned by one Mrs. Eva Efere.
Efere was reportedly inside the house along with three others when the unfortunate incident occurred, but no life was lost in the process.
Efere, while confirming the incident to reporters in Yenagoa, the state capital, expressed shock and disbelief at the development.
She stated: “I lost touch with reality for about a minute before I regained consciousness. I thought a bomb was being detonated
“Other properties destroyed by the collapsed telecom mast include the Nange-Ama community high tension cables, a farmland and an uncompleted duplex.
“The victims have been neglected, abandoned and inhumanely treated as they have been left alone to battle with mental torture and homelessness.”