Agency confirms 4 persons dead, 5 rescued from building collapse in Lagos

*Emergency management agencies say a male person was rescued at about midnight while two more bodies were recovered at about 1.00 a.m. Sunday, May 22, putting the figure of the recovered dead persons at four while five persons were rescued alive

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Rescue workers have recovered a total number of four dead persons while five others were rescued as rescue operation on Freeman Street, Lagos Island, in Lagos State.

ConsumerConnect reports the three-storey building located at 4, Alayaki Lane, Lagos Island, collapsed Saturday, May 21, 2022, during a downpour.

It was gathered the affected building under construction caved in, Saturday’s afternoon, during the heavy rainfall, and the development led to rescue operations to commence immediately.

Ibrahim Farinloye, Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Territorial District earlier disclosed that four persons were rescued and two bodies recovered as of 9.22 p.m. on Saturday.

However, emergency management agencies stated as the rescue operation intensified on site of the collapsed structure Sunday, May 22, a male person was rescued at about midnight while two more bodies were recovered at about 1.00 a.m., putting the figure of those recovered dead persons at four while five persons were rescued alive.

Earlier Saturday, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement that “the Agency responded to the above 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.

Dr. Oke-Osanyintolu stated: “Further investigation determined 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. Further updates to follow.”

Recall a high-rise block of luxury flats under construction collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state, killing at least 40 people late 2021.

Again, in February this year, a building under construction collapsed in the Yaba area of the state, trapping some workers in the process.

No fewer than 10 persons were confirmed dead after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos State.

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