Two females and two males have been recovered dead while a female has been rescued alive from the debris of a collapsed old three-storey building located at 2/4 Oye Sonuga Street opposite Oye round about, Isolo Road Mushin area of Lagos.
The building which collapsed around mid-day on Friday 23rd 2022, according to residents in the neighbourhood had started caving in from the underground of the building days before it eventually collapsed.
It was learned that the collapsed building is located between a four building block of several flats; part of the main structure was used as a nightclub while the other part served as residential.
According to a resident in the community, Olaomo Bode said the building has been giving signs in the last three days specifically this week Tuesday but, the residents and neighbours ignore the signs, unfortunately, four of them paid the supreme prize.”
“The building collapsed tilting forward the soakaway in front of the collapsed structure,” he added.
Sophisticated and light-duty equipment were deployed in addition to the two excavators, and crane during the search and rescue operations.
Confirming the incident, the Southwest Territorial Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, said four people were recovered dead while one was rescued alive. Those recovered are two females and two males, while a female was rescued alive.
Search and Rescue operations conceded after reaching ground Zero. However carting away of rubbles and demolition of the adjoining building will continue tomorrow by Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA,” Farinloye explained
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has said it is investigating the partial collapse of an old building on 2/4 Oye Sonuga Street, Plamgrove, Mushin.
On Friday, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins visited the site of the four-floor building, which is said to be about 40 years old.
The Commissioner directed that the adjoining building be pulled down immediately to forestall further collapse and for safety reasons.
Efforts are on to rescue those who might have been trapped in the rubble.
The Lagos State Building Control Agency( LASBCA) and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory have been directed to unravel the cause of the collapse. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency is leading the rescue operations.”