Two people were killed and another 14 injured in the Apongbon area of Lagos Island on Monday as a three-story residential building collapsed.
Adesina Tiamiyu, General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, confirmed the incident.
He gave the location of the incident as 9 Daddy Alaja Street, Oke Arin, Idumota.
“The agency received a distress call via the toll-free number 767/112 on Monday 29th of May, 2017 at about 7:00 am concerning a collapsed 3-storey building on the Island,” he said.
“This prompted the immediate activation of the agency’s emergency response team and other responders which include the Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to the scene of the incident.
“The agency immediately mobilised all the stakeholders to the scene and successfully rescued fourteen victims with various degrees of injuries, who were immediately moved by the LASAMBUS and LRU Ambulance to Mainland Hospital for further treatment, while two other bodies were recovered dead from the debris and were handed over to the family members for burial.”
According to him, investigations revealed that “illegal repairs” at the building led to the collapse.
“Sands and concrete blocks were seen on the upper deck of the building together with scaffolding around it which suggest that construction was going on in the building already inhabited by people,” he said.
Tamiyu said that a proper investigation would be carried out by the relevant agencies to ascertain the actual circumstances leading to the collapsed of the building.