A -21-storey building under construction which collapsed on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State on Monday resulted in the trapping of many workers, while a witness as at the time of this report said five dead bodies were seen at the top of the rubble of the building.
A report said that the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, disclosed that the owner of the collapsed 21-storey building was approved to construct only 15 floors.
The report has it that the incident occurred at about 2.30 pm, with two corpses being removed away from the rubbles shortly before emergency responders, comprising Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, and Lagos Building Control Agency arrived at the building site
A sight engineer, who anonymously disclosed that the integrity of the building had been in doubt having experienced vibrations at different periods.
Besides, reports added that as of 5.45 pm excavators from the relevant agencies were still been expected as crowd control remained a challenge at the scene, but some youths were noticed trying to salvage the situation
The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, speaking further said the owner of the property has been arrested and would face the law following the death of some people at the site.
“He got approval for a 15-storey building and he exceeded his limit. I am on the ground here and the materials he used are so inferior and terrible. The materials he used, the reinforcement, are so terrible. He got approval for 15 floors but built 21. I think he has been locked down. He has been arrested before now,” he said.
Oki added that at the time of filing this report four people were rescued and three people died, adding that rescue efforts were still ongoing, stressing that efforts were ongoing to rescue more victims.