One person was confirmed dead and 17 others rescued alive when a three-storey building undergoing construction caved in and collapsed at no 2/4, Richard Abimbola Street, off Limca Road, Ire Akari Estate, Ilasa area of Lagos.
Over 20 construction workers are reportedly still trapped underneath the rubble. Most of the workers were reportedly foreigners.
Work was reportedly ongoing when the building suddenly caved in at about 2 p.m. The impact of the collapse affected a nearby church, but there was no one in the church. The collapse was blamed on substandard building materials.
The collapse has been blamed on substandard building materials. Residents also stated that owner of the building, who is on the run, bought an existing building and decided to raise it to three floors on the existing foundation.
The General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Tiamiyu Adesina, who confirmed the incidence they were still expecting an excavator for proper recovery for those trapped.
Refusing to comment if the building had the proper permits, he insisted that their focus was on recovery and investigations would follow.
Speaking on behalf of the foreigners, Sunday Peter, a professional photographer, who spoke to newsmen said the workers were from Akuko community in Benin Republic.
“I was in my office when my friend called to alert me that the building where my relatives were working had collapsed.
“On my arrival, I discovered that only five out of the 15, who left home for the site, were so far rescued. We are hoping that others will be rescued alive from the rubble. One of those still trapped is Philip. He is from my community in Benin Republic.”
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Some of the survivors were Sunday Gbose, 19; Chinonso Udeh, 37; Matthew Jimoh, 12; Monday Gadonu, 25; Benjamin Uchenna, 56; John Afolabi, 18; Dayo Fatau, 30; Ope Falolu and Agba Ogundele, 40.