But for the timely intervention of policemen angry youths in Ilorin, Kwara State Thursday may have destroyed a hotel owned by Senator Smart Adeyemi after they blamed it for a deadly flood that killed three persons on Wednesday night.
The hotel, Royal Shekinah Grand Suites, is located along Offa Garage Road, in the Kwara State capital.
Incidentally, state lawmakers had two years ago ordered that work should be stopped at a car park being constructed by the hotel. They had insisted that the hotel should remove a centre wall that was disturbing free flow of water along Atikeke community, behind the hotel. The hotel later did some works on the drainage in the area but it appeared not to have been sufficient to stop the tragedy that happened on Wednesday night.
But for the quick intervention of security men the youths were out to burn the hotel. They were already hurling stones against the property before several teams of policemen arrived on the scene and succeeded in persuading the youths to sheathe their sword. Several policemen were later stationed to guard the property.
At least three persons were feared dead as a result of the devastating flood which also swept away about 20 vehicles around Omosebi and Adisco area of the state capital. Two of the victims were young children, identified simply as Basirat, aged four and half years and Garfa, aged three years.
They had come to spend the holiday with their grandmother in a building a few metres from the hotel.
According to an eyewitness account, the kids got drown when one of them opened the front door of their apartment in an attempt to escape the flood that had reached the window level of the building. The corpse of another victim, a male was discovered at the Coca-Cola area of the city early in the morning.
Meanwhile, about 1000 passengers on a train travelling from Lagos to the north were stranded as a section of the rail track behind Kingdom Heritage Secondary School was also affected. The flood cut off a large chunk of soil from beneath the rail track and cut the road into two thus making it impassable for the train.