Two dead as seven-storey building collapses in Lagos 

CITIZENS COMPASS– AT least two male bodies were recovered on Sunday, while four persons were trapped under the debris of a collapsed uncompleted seven-storey building at Oba Idowu Oniru Street, beside Avi Maria Hospital, Victoria Island Lagos State.

The building which was under construction reportedly collapsed at about 3am, requiring a heavy-duty equipment excavator to rescue the trapped victims.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said, “The Agency’s heavy-duty equipment excavator will be required for the rescue of the trapped victims. We have activated the Lagos State Response plan. Operation still ongoing.”

He said rescue operation commenced at about 3.15am.

The construction started about a year ago while the building in question was said to be sealed by Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), on February 18, 2021 but the construction company ignored this and continued work at the site.

Similarly, the Coordinator, Lagos Territorial District, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, said the bodies were recovered on the third floor where other victims were trapped. 

Rescue operation was ongoing at press time. 


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