Sixteen (16) more corpses have been recovered from the five-storey building which collapsed yesterday at Lekki area of Lagos. Six corpses were recovered yesterday bringing the total death toll so far to 22.
Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which confirmed this on Wednesday said they recovered more bodies today when they resumed operations, which brought the total death toll to 22.
He also said that about more 13 people who were picked up alive from the scene of the collapsed building had been taken to the general hospital on Lagos Island, where they were treated and discharged.
The building located at the Chisco bus-stop opposite Oando Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, is one of the properties owned by Lekki Gardens, a Nigerian private real estate company which has several properties in the area.
Eyewitnesses said the building collapsed at about 4.30am on Tuesday following a thunder storm which was followed by a heavy down pour and that the victims were mainly workers with the building’s construction firm, who slept in it overnight.
The owners of the property in a statement said that work on the collapsed building had been suspended since January 2016, due to reported structural defects.
The company said after conducting a preliminary structural assessments, it was discovered that the building had some structural defects and it immediately halted construction work on the said building and revoked all construction jobs assigned to the company for not implementing standard safety and structural procedures on-site.
It added that the building, which was meant to house a number of apartments, was supposed to be completed in June 2017.
In 2006 alone, up to 3 building collapses were reported in Lagos State.
The collapse of a 21-story Nigerian Industrial Development Bank building was one of such cases. The incident, which happened after a fire had gutted two stories in the building earlier that month left one person dead and several others injured.
Heavy winds during a thunderstorm reportedly caused the building to cave in from the structural weakness after the fire.