Two people have been confirmed dead while six are still trapped under the debris of a collapsed seven-storey building at Oba Idowu Oniru Street, Lekki Lagos.
The building, which was under construction caved-in in the early hours of Sunday, requiring a heavy-duty equipment excavator to rescue the trapped victims.
Zonal Coordinator of South West, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye disclosed this to journalists on Sunday in Lagos.
NAN reports that operations are ongoing to rescue the remaining trapped persons under the rubble.
Farinloye said, “Seven-storey building collapsed at Sand field bus stop, Lekki. Six people are said to be trapped and responders are on ground.”
Speaking on the collapse, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu stated that the collapsed building was under construction.
“No injury sustained. However, about six people are reported to be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed structure.”
“The agency’s heavy duty equipment excavator will be required for the rescue of the trapped victims. We have activated Lagos State Response plan. The operation is ongoing. More updates to follow,” he added.
Emergency responders at the scene included the Nigeria Police Force, NEMA, LASEMA, State Fire Service and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
— Chika Okeke is a journalist with MOC and the Publisher/ Editor of Bennyokeke.blogspot.com, an online news platform.
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