One dead in building collapse in Lagos amid heavy rain

One dead in building collapse in Lagos amid heavy rain

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday, May 21, confirmed the rescue of one person, and the recovery of one dead person in a two-storey building that collapsed at Freeman Road, Lagos Island.

The Zonal Coordinator of Southwest NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told newsmen that the building under construction collapsed during torrential rainfall in Lagos.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, an unconfirmed number of people were still trapped under the rubble.

“The Agency responded to the above incident which was already in violation of building safety protocols,” a statement signed by LASEMA’s Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

“It was discovered that the building had been captured by the LASBCA District Office; and served with all Statutory Notices, Sealed at District and Central Enforcement Level.

“Further investigation determined that the developer had continued clandestine operations mostly at night; and at the weekends.

“An unconfirmed number of people are still trapped inside the building. Two people have been rescued alive while another was recovered dead. Search and Rescue operations are ongoing. Further updates to follow.”

Meanwhile, the Police Command in Lagos State on Friday, May 20, said that it arrested 13 suspected criminals in the last month in the state.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Alabi, said this; while briefing newsmen on activities of the command in the month under review.

Alabi said among those arrested were six commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders. They were allegedly involved in the gruesome murder of a Sound Engineer, David Imoh. This was in the Lekki area of the state.

According to the Police Chief, on the 12th of May, 2022, at about 6.30 a.m. at Studio 24, Lekki, Lagos; an Okada rider (name withheld) had a quarrel with his two passengers over a fare.

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“In the heat of the argument, the Okada man and his cohorts violently attacked David Imoh, killed him; and set his remains ablaze.

“A total of six suspects have been arrested and the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation,” he said.

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