At least one person was confirmed dead and three others injured after an elevator crashed at Cocoa House in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday.
Victor Ayetoro, Head of Corporate Affairs, Oodua Investment Company, Limited (OICL), said in a statement that the incident occurred when the technicians were working on replacing the old lift with the new one, it developed a mechanical failure and as a result the lift car dropped and crashed into the basement which led to the death of one of the technicians.
“At around 11am this morning, the lift installation team from our contractor handling the lift and who were working on dismantling the old lift in readiness for a new lift instalment, while working on the lift suffered a mechanical failure. The said failure resulted in the lift car dropping and crashing into the basement pit.
“Unfortunately, one of the technicians in the team did not survive the incident.
“Three other technicians suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the hospital for check up/ treatment.
“The head office of the company has been informed and their representatives have arrived to take charge of the situation while the Police have also been informed.
The iconic Cocoa House is the tallest building in Ibadan, the first skyscraper in Nigeria and West Africa with 26 storeys and it was completed in 1965 at a height of 105 metres.