“He was seeking admission into UNILAG” – Woman whose 20-year-old grandson was crushed to death by neighbour’s water tank reveals
A young man named Jamal Nureni has met his untimely demise after a water tank belonging to a neighbour fell from its stand and crashed into his bedroom.
Nureni, who was only 20-years-old, was crushed to death in his grandmother, Alhaja Yemisi Odejinmi’s house on Alhaji Kazeem Street, Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos.
It was gathered that Nureni was fast asleep in his room on Saturday, June 17th, when a tank full of water fell from the neighbor’s compound next to his grandmother’s house. He was rushed to the hospital but was sadly confirmed dead on arrival.
The bereaved grandmother has revealed that Nureni was seeking admission into the University of Lagos to study engineering. She said she was planning to get a citizenship confirmation letter for her grandson as part of the requirements for processing his admission.
According to her, she was planning to follow him to the palace of a Lagos monarch that Saturday morning to get the letter when the tragedy struck.
Speaking to Daily Trust, the grieving grandmother said,
“It is a fence separating my house and that of my neighbours. I have been living here for over 40 years. Whenever they pump water and their tank is full, it spills into my compound. I have talked to them several times, but they didn’t change and because we are all from the same town (Abeokuta), I decide to let go and always sweep the water,” she narrated.
“Jamal (Nureni) was seeking admission to the University of Lagos and he needed evidence of citizenship. He and I were planning to go to the palace of Oba of Isolo that Saturday morning to get a confirmation letter.
“I was in the bathroom around 6.30am when I heard a loud sound. I never knew it was in my room. The tank fell from our neighbour’s compound and crashed into the room where my grandson slept. It crushed his head. He was 20 years old and had been living with me for about three years.”
“His father lives in Canada and I have broken the news to him. He was very sad. We have been receiving a lot of visitors. The owners of the tank have been begging us too.”