Death toll in Lagos collapsed building hits 8
South-West spokesman for NEMA Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye said two more bodies have been recovered from the debris of collapsed building in Lagos, bringing the death toll to eight.,
The South- West spokesman gave the update in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Farinloye said that the four-storey building collapsed on Tuesday at about 3.00 p.m at Tokunbo, off Odunfa Road, Carrena/Martins Street on Lagos Island.
He told NAN that the rescue team completed the operation at about 1.30 p.m. after reaching ground zero.
According to him, two more bodies were recovered after reaching the ground zero which took the casualty to eight, while 15 people were rescued.
He said integrity test would be carried out on other buildings in the area to prevent recurrence of the incident.
Farinloye also said that the collapsed building was initially a bungalow before it was converted to a four-storey with a penthouse.
He said that the required six-foot in-between building was not observed in the area and added that the building adjacent to the collapsed one was also under threat of collapse.
Farinloye advised the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency to prevail on house owners to renovate their buildings regularly and urged building contractors to avoid the use of substandard materials in their construction works.
Also speaking, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said his team worked all through the night to ensure the rescue of trapped victims.
Tiamiyu said that the account given by the community on the collapsed building was that a telecommunication mast was erected on top of the building.
He said some of the residents explained that the bruilding collapsed on Tuesday, exactly two weeks, after the community rejected a generator brought there for the mast.
Tiamiyu said the community believed that the generator was too strong for the building as it was evident in the vibration of the building whenever the generating set was on.
The LASEMA chief said that investigations to ascertain the cause of the collapse would be done after the rescue and recovery operations.
He said that the investigation would be done with other emergency management agencies to ensure that the number of families living in the building tallied with the community’s account.