Industrial tragedy struck Wednesday in Ibadan the Oyo State Capital when one of the elevators in the former tallest building in Africa, Cocoa House building, a property of Odu'a Investment in Ibadan crashed workers leaving two people dead and three others injured.
It was learnt that the elevator was recently repaired but had worked for more than 72 hours before it malfunctioned on Wednesday.
Reports say that the said technicians were working on it when the accident happened claiming two lives while others who sustained injuries had been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the city.
“The elevator was being repaired when it crashed on the people working on it today (Wednesday),” the source said.
The public relations officer of the organization, Victor Adetoro could not be reached for comments.
Cocoa House, the first skyscraper in Nigeria and West Africa with 26 storeys, was completed in 1965 at a height of 105 metres under the supervision of the late political sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the Premier of the Western Region.
The entire building was gutted by fire on January 9, 1985 when then. The fire started at the top floors and was caused by malfunctioned electrical equipment. It was closed to the public until it was renovated in August 1992.