UPDATE: People Are Still Trapped In Idumota Collapsed Building
There is a sense of fear and guilt in the air.
'There are still people trapped underneath this rubble, the building sank but there is no way for us to reach there. Excavators can't gain access to the site unless surrounding buildings are pulled down."
This is according to an official of the Lagos state emergency unit who pleaded to remain anonymous.
People are walking around heads bowed and speaking in huss tones. No one is willing to speak freely about the events that occurred before a three storey building being renovated collapsed on Monday.
They hardly remembered it was Democracy Day. They are not bothered about the socio-economic challenges or the price of commodities in the market. No one wants to speak about the deceased. Former residents of the building who vacated the premises earlier remember the children and tears fill up their eyes.
Others resident on the street witnessed death first hand and survived, for that they are grateful but also saddened by the losses recorded.
Bounce News correspondent, Tony Smart, was in the area to assess the situation.
The entrance to the collapsed building itself was confusing. After spending several minutes searching for it, I eventually discovered I had passed it several times thinking it was just another corridor.
The area was tense and air literally stool still here. There were hardly enough meters between each building and I wondered who would have approved such construction in the first place?
A cobweb of electricity poles and complex wiring are also prominent on the high-rise buildings on this street. How do they know which wire belongs to who or which connection is right or wrong?
The rusty iron roof around the affected area told tales of how old the settlement is and further sparked thoughts on why such renovation was approved by any government official or agency.
Buildings on this street lie side by side like the Nile and the Nyanza or better still like pieces of fish within a tin or sardine. There is barely space for windows to open or residents to park their vehicles.
Ventilation is another concern that should bother state authorities about this community. An attempt to speak to the leadership of the local council proved abortive as officials claim those authorised to speak to the media were not in the office.
Residents in the building adjacent to the collapsed premises have begun moving out. There is growing concern that it could still cave in on a later date or be forcefully brought down by the government.
Whatever the case; they are not interested in witnessing anymore disasters.