Cocoa House: 2 dead, 3 injured as elevator crashes in Ibadan’s tallest building

At least two people were reportedly killed after an elevator crashed on workers at the Cocoa House in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The faulty elevator, according to reports, was recently repaired but had worked for more than 72 hours before it crashed on Wednesday morning.

Three other people who were injured in the apparent accident were taken to an unnamed hospital, reports say.

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

Cocoa House spokesperson Victor Adetoro was yet to confirm the reported accident as of press time.

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

The entire building 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.

Sahara Reporters

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