Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Property worth millions of naira were yesterday destroyed by rainstorm in different parts of Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The rains, which started about 7:10pm, and lasted for almost two hours, pulled down electric poles, brick fences as well as building roofs.
The affected areas included Oke-Baale, Gbonmi, Isale-Osun, Kelebe, Ofatedo, Igbona, Oke Onitea and others.
Wooden and containers were blown away, while traffic was obstructed by electric poles, which fell on the Kajola Street at Balogun in Oke Bale area.
Although no casualty was recorded, many residents were seeing parking out of their buildings which roofs were blown off by the rainstorm.
The head of Kajola community, Chief Tiamiyu Ibrah whose house was also affected lamented that it was a terrible experience for the residents of the area.
He disclosed that he lost close to one million naira worth of property to the incident.
At Kelebe, the rainstorm also wrecked havoc.
No fewer than 40 houses, including churches, were blown off.
One of the affected churches, Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Ase, was completely destroyed.
The newly constructed church was uprooted by the rainstorm before it later hit a building belonging to the Grand Imam of Ansarudeen, Yunus Sanusi Imogbemi and smashed it.
The founder of the church, Pastor Oshunsina Abel, and Imam Imogbemi called on the state government and other stakeholders to come to their aid.
The General Manager, Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) Oluyemi Olanrewaju said the agency had directed the affected people to make official complaints for necessary actions.
He assured them of governments intervention within a short period of time.
He also urged the residents to always check the conditions of their roofs to avert future reoccurrence of the disaster.