No fewer than 60 landlords and some tenants on Prime View City Estate, Arigbede, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, and its immediate environs have been sacked by flood.
It was gathered that the flood, which had continued to surge for over a week, was as a result of the steady release of water from the Oyan Dam in Ogun State.
In Arigbede, it was gathered that while some tenants moved to their churches and other areas, their landlords relocated immediately to guest houses where they hoped to stay for at least two months when the flood would have receded.
PUNCH Metro during a visit to the area observed that the entrance to the PVC Estate was flooded, even as 70 per cent of the houses inside the estate were abandoned by their owners.
Shola, a tenant in Arigbede, told one of our correspondents that some of the houses inside the estate were occupied by only the landlords and their families, adding that only few of them took in tenants.
He explained that while some of the landlords left on Saturday when they noticed the flood surging towards their buildings, others joined the exodus on Sunday and Monday.
He said, “Most of the people, including tenants staying on the estate have packed out; more are still leaving because of the flood. The PVC, Phase 3 Estate, is the worst hit. Over 60 houses have been abandoned by their owners.”
A landlord, who identified himself only as Ikechukwu, who was seen leaving the estate with his family, said nobody informed him that the place was always flooded at a point every two years.
“I am packing my belongings because the flood is much. Over 50 houses are affected by the flood. Nobody told me that the place was flood-prone before I bought the land and erected a building there. I have been here for the past five years.“The flood also affected me two years ago; I left and came back. I am leaving with my wife and children. I am going to look for accommodation where my family can be safe,” Ikechukwu said. (Punch)