At least one person has been confirmed dead in another building that collapsed in Lagos on Saturday, March 19. The two-storeyed building located at 9 Alli close, Mile 12, Lagos, collapsed around 8:45 am on Saturday, leaving a 47-year-old woman dead, who was on the balcony.
The general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Michael Akindele, who confirmed the incident, said it was a partial collapse which affected the balcony of the building and attributed the collapse to poor maintenance of the building.
According to him, investigation and assessment conducted revealed that the building had shown sign of distress as some portion of the balcony was caving in.
The victim was a 47-year-old woman who sustained bodily injury and died on her way to the hospital.
“The occupant of the 16-room building have been evacuated and the building condoned off for safety.”
Mr. Akindele appealed to Lagosians to report cases of distressed buildings in their areas to the state government in order to avert disaster. This is coming barely two weeks after a five story building collapsed in Lekki area of the state, leaving about 35 persons dead and several others injured.
the Lagos state government has lamented over the frequent collapse of building in the state. The government recently sacked the general manager of the Building Control Agency (LASBCA), and three other officials of the agency, following the collapse of the Lekki Gardens building.
The state government had blamed the collapse of the building on a brazen act of defiance and impunity by owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, saying it criminally unsealed the property and continued building beyond the approved floors until the unfortunate incident.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong, had been detained at Panti Police Station in Lagos.