3rd July, 2012
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
A two-storey building has partially collapsed after rain pounded it yesterday at 49 Freeman Street, Oyingbo area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
Part of the building was said to have collapsed on a shop around 6:30 pm but no casualty was recorded as rescue team was able to rescue people from the building while those who sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Some of those rescued from the building included a pregnant woman, nine month old baby, children and others, while the landlord of the house escaped. The state government has vowed to revoke the title of the land.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, were on hand to rescue residents trapped in the building.
Chief Executive Officer, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu told P.M.NEWS that there was no casualty, as his rescue team arrived on time to rescue those trapped in the building.
He said government had evacuated everyone from the building, sealed it up and cordoned off the area.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the building would be demolished today to prevent loss of lives.
He said all stakeholders were fully on ground to ensure there was no loss of lives, adding that the government had been more proactive in stemming the tide of collapsed buildings across the state.
He called on Lagosians to cooperate with the rescue team whenever there was disaster by not looting properties and creating confusion.