17th September, 2023
A four-storey building has partially collapsed at 47/49 Oduntan Street, Kosofe area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria after heavy downpour.
The building is said to have collapsed on another two-storey building within the same premises.
Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu told PM NEWS that upon arrival of the Agency’s responders at the incident scene, a 2-storey building and a 4-storey building situated beside each other were found to have collapsed.
He said investigation conducted by the LASEMA’s Response Team (LRT) revealed that the collapse could be attributed to ageing and poor maintenance on the part of the owner.
Oke-Osanyintolu added that further investigation revealed that the staircase of the building caved in.
“Unfortunately, a male adult fell due to the impact of the collapse from the topmost floor, and has been taken to the hospital.
“Residents of the building have been asked to vacate the building under the supervision of the combined team of LASEMA, RRS, LABSCA and LNSC, in order to avert further secondary incident.
“However, the said building will be pulled down as it has failed structural integrity test as confirmed by LABSCA official at the scene, hence posing a threat to the public and adjoining buildings.
“The Agency’s response team/paramedics, RRS, LABSCA and LNSC are on ground at the incident scene working together to salvage the situation,” the LASEMA boss stated.
He promised to give update later as operation was still ongoing.