BARELY THREE months after a 21-storey building under construction collapsed in Ikoyi area of Lagos, a three-storey building still under construction on Saturday, in Yaba area of Lagos.
The incident occured at 16 Akanbi Crescent, off Adesina Street, Harvey, Sabo Yaba, Lagos at about 3.15pm.
Eyewitnesses’ accounts said a part of the building had collapsed late last year, but the construction did not stop.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed the incident.
Response teams from both state and federal levels have been deployed to the scene though this was delayed by the perennial gridlock occasioned by the ongoing road rehabilitation in the axis.
National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed that five persons were trapped underneath the ribbles while two of them were rescued. He said, “A three- storey building under construction at 16 Akanbi crescent off Adesina Adesina Street, Harvey, Sabo Yaba collapsed trapping about 5 workers.
“Two of them have been rescued alive.Heavy duty equipment are being mobilised to the scene though frustrating heavy traffic gridlock is not helping in response,” said the Coordinator.
He said one of the victims was recovered dead at about 8.38pm.
Rescue operation was ongoing at press time.