Another Lagos Building Collapse Claims 2 Lives
While Nigerians home and abroad were celebrating the Democracy Day on Monday, a family of four and some others in the Idumota area of Lagos state were having a rough day.
The three-storey building on Daddy Alaja Street, Oke Arin, Idumota, Lagos Island, which houses some of them collapsed, killing two people including a 5-year-old girl and a foreman.
14 others were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury in the incident which occurred around 7am.
This is happening few days after another building under construction collapsed in the Ilasa area of the state, killing three people and injuring several others.
The landlord had asked the occupants to vacate the building pending when it would be renovated.
He was said to have given the job to a contractor, who allegedly advised him to pull down the structure due to its poor condition.
However, the landlord allegedly declined the advice and insisted on a renovation.
Some of the tenants, including a family of four, were said to have refused to vacate the building, just as some of the workers started living in it.
The building came down on Monday, trapping many of the occupants.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the police were said to have responded to the incident.
The area was cordoned off as a crowd of sympathisers besieged the house.
A resident involved in the rescue efforts, Ali Baba, said the noise of the collapse jolted neighbours, adding that they later rushed to the scene to save some of the victims.
He said, “Around past 7am, we heard a loud noise and we all ran to safety. We later discovered that it was a building that collapsed.
“We brought out 10 people from the rubble, but two died. Those that died were the man in charge of the bricklayers (foreman), who we call Baba Ibeji.
“The second was a five-year-old girl, Farida. She had gone to the toilet when the pillars fell on her and she could not wriggle her way out. Her father, mother, elder brother and the family’s housemaid, were rescued with some injuries.”
A disc jockey, Okunola Olayinka, said he lost equipment worth over N3m to the incident, adding that he acquired the instruments in the 10 years of his career.