The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday
afternoon said two more bodies have been recovered from the debris of
collapsed building in Lagos, bringing the death toll to eight.
Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West spokesman for NEMA, gave the
update in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Farinloye said that the four-storey building collapsed on Tuesday at about
3.00 p.m at Tokunbo, off Odunfa Road, Carrena/Martins Street on Lagos
He told NAN that the rescue team completed the operation after reaching
the ground zero at about 1.30 p.m.
According to him, after reaching the ground zero, only two more bodies
were recovered, bringing the deaths to eight, while 15 people were rescued
He said that integrity test would be carried out on other buildings in the
area to prevent recurrence of the incident.
Farinloye said that the collapsed building was initially a bungalow before it
was converted to a four-storey with a penthouse.
He said that the required six-foot in-between building was not observed in
the area, adding that the adjacent building was also under threat of
Farinloye advised the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency to prevail on
house owners to renovate their buildings regularly.
He said that the advice followed the challenges of the climate change
which might have effects on buildings in view of high volume of rainfall this
NEMA spokesman urged building contractors to avoid the use of
substandard materials in their construction works.
In his accounts, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, the General Manager, Lagos State
Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said that his team worked all
through the night to rescue trapped people.
Tiamiyu said that the account given by the community on the collapsed
building was that a telecommunication mast was erected on top of the
He said that some of the residents explained that the building collapsed on
Tuesday, exactly two weeks, after the community rejected a generator
brought there for the mast.
Tiamiyu said the community believed that the building was not strong
enough to carry the generator as the building was vibrating whenever the
generating set was on.
The LASEMA chief said that, after the rescue and recovery operations, the
agency would carry out its investigations to ascertain the cause of the
He said that the investigation would be done with other emergency
management agencies to ensure that the number of families living in the
building tallied with the community’s account.
One of the residents of the area, Mr Yusuf Align, blamed the collapse on
greed by the landlords.
”They know it is an old building and they allowed one of the
communication networks to erect a mast on top of it.
”Even, if they have paid them N10 million or more, what have they gained
now?” he asked. (NAN)