The first rain of the year in Benin City, Edo State on Monday caused havoc in the ancient City,as the historical Urokpota Hall roof was completely blown off by wind.
The hall currently serving as a mobile court for Edo State judiciary was completely damaged.
The incident took place at about 4.00pm while the hall was filled by men and women arrested for violating the COVID-19 safety rules.
The hall that was first built during the reign of Oba Ozolua in the 15th century and redesigned in 1906 for coronation activities of a monarch for the ancient city was gutted by fire last year, leaving the front view of the ancient building completely damaged.
According to the a security agent,who does not want his name in print because he does not have the right to speak on the issue the rain started with a wind.
“We were here around 4.00pm when the rain started,at the first time, nobody knew it was going to be that bad, but suddenly, it started with wind.You know that the front view is already destroyed by fire last year,so it was this place that is left, the wind removed everything and and we thank God that nobody died.
“More than one hundred people were arrested for violating the COVID-19 safety rules and were there. Thank God that nobody died here,” He concluded.