Death Toll In Lagos Collapsed Building Hits 8

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    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
    Island.
    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
    alive.
    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
    collapse.

    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
    year.

    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
    building.
    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
    collapse.

    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)

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