Two killed, three injured in fresh Lagos building collapse
By Afeez Hanafi
Two persons have been confirmed dead while three persons sustained injuries in a fresh building collapse on Alayaki Lane, Lagos Island.
It was learnt that the three storey building which was under construction came down during a heavy rainfall in the area.
The Lagos Territorial Head of National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident.
“Three rescued alive and two died. Responders are on the way,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu, said preliminary investigation revealed that the building was being constructed in violation of the safety protocols.
He said, “The agency responded to the incident which was already in violation of building safety protocols. It was discovered that the building had been captured by the LASBCA District Office and served with all statutory notices, sealed at district and central enforcement level.
“Further investigation showed that the developer had continued clandestine operations mostly at night and at the weekends.
“An unconfirmed number of people are still trapped inside the building. Two people have been rescued alive while another was recovered dead. Search and rescue operations ongoing.”
Lagos State has become notorious for building collapse in recent times, claiming lives and inflicting injuries.
No fewer than 10 persons were killed on Sunday, May 1, 2022 when a three storey building collapsed at Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland.
Credit: Daily Trust