Last Sunday witnessed the collapse of an under construction three-storey building believed to be owned by a mentally deranged person along Baybridge Road, Kpansia in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
Though no life was lost in the incidence, residents in the neighborhood described the collapse of the building as a pending disaster that was just averted by God.
TNN gathered that the construction of the uncompleted structure started since 2008 with the owner singlehandedly building it.
It was learnt that the Kpansia-Epie born landlord-to-be, now on the run, played the role of a civil engineer, architect, surveyor, mason and labourer, while constructing the ill-fated building.
Neighbours who knew the owner of the building told our correspondent that he was the type that mumbles words to himself and uses an umbrella even when there was neither rain nor hot sun.
"While he was building the house, he kept saying that he was building it to see God, and he did everything by himself, you won't believe it", a resident told this medium.
TNN also gathered that parts of the downstairs of the emerging edifice had already been plastered with doors and windows fixed and ready for use before its sudden collapse.
Another resident who gave his name as Ogilogi Jeremiah said "God has saved us. We are lucky that no one has packed in there. It wound have been a great disaster".
Meanwhile, residents of Yenagoa have tongue- lashed the management of the Bayelsa State physical Planning and Development Board over the unfortunate incidence.
They have blamed the situation on what they described as the nonchalant attitude of the board whose duty it is to monitor all up rising structures in the state.
They questioned what the board was doing when a man believed to be having mental problem was busy constructing what is now being referred to as a death trap for the past twelve years.
"Members of the Bayelsa state Physical Planning and Development Board have a case to answer in this matter. This is a very serious issue because it has to do with the protection of human lives.
"Where were they when that gigantic building started sprouting gradually since 2008, that is twelve years ago? What excuse would the board have given if disaster had struck?", a civil engineer, Mike Eze queried.
Eze explained that the supposed superstructure of the building lacked plan and architectural designs, leading to it's inevitable collapse.
Reacting to the development, the executive chairman of the Bayelsa state physical planning and development board, Ebi Waribigha admitted that the builder never obtained building permit from the board.
Speaking through his Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kingsley Abidde, the chairman, however, explained that the board made several efforts to stop the builder from continuing the building but the man remained obstinate.
He further noted that some of the efforts made were several arrest of the builder by the Development Control Department of the board.
"Several efforts to stop the building were made. The man in question was arrested many times because of the said building.
"We also decided to bring down the illegal structure as the only option left, but we were constrained by lack of access to take our equipment to the uprising building.
"To demolish that building, we must touch other surrounding houses and you know what that means", he lamented.
Waribigha also hinted that his men in collaboration with the police were trailing the owner of the house whom he said was now at large.
He added that if arrested the board would institute a legal action against the owner of the house which is currently causing controversies in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.