JUST IN: Two Rescued, Many Trapped as Another Storey Building Collapses in Lagos

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Two people have been rescued as another storey building collapsed on Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in the Mushin area of Lagos State.

According to reports, the structure which is a three-storey building collapsed today, Friday, September 23, 2022.

The two persons which have been reduced from the rumbles are yet to be identified as of press time.

Confirming the development, the Lagos Territorial Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the rescue operation was still ongoing.

He said, “A three-storey building has collapsed at Oye Sonuga Street, opposite Oye Roundabout, Isolo road, Mushin. An adult and a child have been rescued. The search and rescue operation is ongoing.”

Also reacting, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyinyolu, who had also confirmed the development, said two female occupants were still missing.

He said, “On arrival of LRT at the scene, it was discovered that a three-storey building had collapsed.

“Further investigation revealed that the collapsed building was an adjoining building to another three-storey building.

“Two people who were trapped inside the building have been rescued and treated. However, we were informed that two females that are occupants of the building are still missing.

“The search and rescue operation is ongoing; LRT, LASG fire, LNSC, LABSCA, and NPF are all responders at the scene.

“However, there are visible cracks on the remaining standing building that needs urgent attention. The building has been cordoned off and evacuated. The operation is ongoing,” Oke-Osanyinyolu said.

Recall, that there have been a series of building and structural collapses that claimed the lives of residents in the state.

On August 21, 2022, two children died in a building collapse at Adeleye Street, Lady Lark, Bariga area of the state.

Also, on September 5, 2022, a seven-storey building under construction collapsed at Oba Idowu Oniru Street, in the Lekki area of the state and killed six persons.

However, amid expert criticisms of developers, among others, for using substandard materials and not conforming to standard building regulations in the state, a recent statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, confirmed the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako.

Omotoso noted that Salako’s resignation was part of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s efforts to restructure the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and its agencies.

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