One Dead, 17 Rescued, Scores Trapped As Building Collapses in Lagos

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A building collapse involving a three-storey building under construction in the Ilasa area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, occurred on Thursday, and many people are feared trapped in the debris.

He said 19 people had so far been rescued by LASEMA and other rescue agencies. They also pointed that construction workers made use of substandard materials in building the house.

"On getting to the scene of incident, it was discovered that it was an uncompleted building that collapsed while an unknown number of labourers were doing their various works at different areas".

Some of the rescued labourers and artisans were treated by officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS).

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The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Adesina Tiiamiyu, confirmed the collapse of the building.

Mr. Kehinde Adebayo, Public Relations Officer of LASEMA revealed that the Police would resume investigation to ascertain what led to the collapse of the building. "Extraction of trapped victims is ongoing and no mortality has been recorded at the moment".

NAN recalls that collapsed building sites, in line with LASBCA enabling law, are usually forfeited to the Lagos State Government.

He said the injured were taken to Isolo General Hospital.

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