Collapsed Building Kills Eight, Injures 23 In Lagos

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

A collapsed three-storey building has led to the death of eight persons including a mother and her child, injuring 23 persons at Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State.

The building collapsed at 10:56p.m on Sunday as confirmed by the Lagos State Emergency Management.

According to the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the affected building comprising rooms and parlour, is located at 24 Ibadan Street (East) off Bonny Way, Ebute Metta.

He said while search and rescue was still ongoing, as of 02:10am, 22 males, one female have been rescued alive and one male and female were recovered dead.

“Further information gathered revealed that the incident occurred at about 10.56pm with as yet undetermined number of people trapped. Search and rescue ongoing.

“As of 02:10am, 22 males, one female rescued alive. One male and female recovered dead,” he said.

Revealing further, the Zonal Coordinator South-West, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told NAN that the recovered bodies were those of a mother and her child, while the rescued persons included seven children and 16 adults.

“Nine of those rescued alive have been treated and discharged.
“The rescued occupants of the building so far included nine children and 16 adults who were identified as residents of the building.

“They returned to the scene, but have been taken away for proper custody while psycho-social and post trauma counselling are being arranged for them by the Nigerian Red Cross,” Farinloye said.

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