Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Ilorin

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Rainstorm Destroys Properties worth millions in Ilorin, Kwara State

Rainstorm has destroyed more than 40 electricity poles and other property worth millions of naira in some parts of the Kwara state capital, Ilorin, resulting in blackout.

The rainstorm which took place on Monday night in areas such as Offa garage, Olulade, Ita-Alamau, Gaa-Akanbi and Budo Efo culminated in downpour that lasted several hours.

A witness' account also revealed that some public utilities on Ajase-Ipo road including some newly installed solar powered-street light were affected by the rainstorm.

The source further disclosed that the driver of a taxi cab sustained injuries when a pole at Ita-Alamu fell on the moving taxi.

The damage came less than a week when a similar rainstorm rendered hundreds of residents of Ilorin township homeless.

The facilities in the Kwara stadium and some commercial banks were also destroyed by the rainstorm.

Commenting on the incident, Mr Asaju Kolawole, the Regional Communication Officer of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Ilorin, stated that the technical team of the company had moved to scene to assess the extent of destruction for the management's necessary action.

Kolawole, who assured the residents that power would be restored to the affected areas before the end of the week.

"You know, this damage of poles entails a lot of things. We will have to dig a hole, erect the pole and wait for sometimes before we lay wire.

"So it will take sometimes before we restore light. However, before this week ends, all the issues revolving around it would be resolved," he said.

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