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Two Dead, Three Injured As Elevator Crashes in Cocoa House, Ibadan

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Two technicians have lost their lives after one of the elevators at the Cocoa House building, a property of Odu’a Investment in Ibadan, Oyo State, crashed on Wednesday morning.

Three others were also injured when the elevator which was recently repaired crashed on them.

The incident claimed two lives while others who sustained injuries had been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the city, a source revealed.

The elevator had worked for 72-hours after repair, but was still being tested when the accident occured.

“The elevator was being repaired when it crashed on the people working on it today (Wednesday),” the source said.

The first skyscraper in Nigeria and West Africa with 26 storeys, Cocoa House was completed in 1965 at a height of 105 metres.

Cocoa House was gutted by fire on January 9, 1985. The fire started at the top floors and was caused by a malfunctioned electrical equipment. It was closed to the public until it was renovated in August 1992.

The Public Relations Officer of the organisation, Victor Adetoro, is yet to issue a statement as at press time.