Four Confirmed Dead As Lagos Suffers Another Building Collapse

The building located at Oyesonuga Street, Off Oye Roundabout in Isolo Road, Mushin collapsed on Friday afternoon trapping an unidentified number of persons.

 

Four people have been confirmed dead in yet another building collapse in Lagos.

The three-storey building located at Oye Sonuga Street, Off Oye Roundabout in Isolo Road, Mushin collapsed on Friday afternoon trapping an unidentified number of persons.

The latest update from the Lagos Territorial Coordinator of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirms that two female and two male bodies have been pulled out from the rubble of the building.

 

This photo shows the site of a building collapse in the Mushin area of Lagos State as reported by LASEMA on September 23, 2022.

 

 

According to Farinloye, in an update around 7:45 pm, search and rescue operations have been concluded as emergency workers have reached ground zero.

He, however, said emergency workers will cart away the rubble and demolish the adjoining building which was affected on Saturday.

A female victim who was rescued alive from the rubble being wheeled into an ambulance at the scene.

 

 

In an earlier update on the latest building collapse tragedy to hit Lagos, the Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said those rescued alive have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

“After a painstaking search, one female has been rescued from the rubble. This brings the total rescued alive from the incident scene to three,” he said in an update at 7:15 pm.

Health officials assist in the rescue operations at the building collapse site.

 

 

Health officials provide aid to a female victim rescued alive from the rubble.

 

 

Building collapses have become commonplace in Lagos with questions rising over the safety of structures in the state. Data from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency show that between January and June this year, up to 18 building collapses occurred in the state.

Earlier this month, on September 4, a seven-storey building under construction collapsed on the highbrow Victoria Island, killing at least six persons.

In reaction to the collapse, the Lagos State Government ordered the arrest of the developer and other building professionals working on it.

A day after, the then Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, resigned.

This aerial shot of the collapse site shows a crowd of concerned onlookers gathered at the scene as emergency workers carry out a search and rescue operation.

PHOTOS: Another Building Collapses In Lagos

This photo shows the site of a building collapse in the Mushin area of Lagos State as reported by LASEMA on September 23, 2022.

 

Lagos has suffered another building collapse, this time in the Mushin area of the state.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed this via its Facebook page on Friday.

According to the agency, LASEMA officials are already at the scene of the incident and have begun an exercise in a bid to rescue any victim trapped under the rubble.

“A building has collapsed in Mushin a few minutes ago. The rescue operation is ongoing,” the agency said while sharing photos from the scene of the building collapse.

While reports suggest the building is located on Sonuga Street in the Palm Avenue area, it is unclear if anyone is trapped in the rubble.

Akwa Ibom Govt Probes Building Collapse, Vows To Punish Offenders

A file photo of Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

 

The Akwa Ibom State government has ordered a probe into the collapse of a four-storey building barely a day after the incident occurred in Uyo, the state capital.

Mr Ini Ememobong, who is the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Channels Television had reported the collapse of the building – located on Iman Street off Aka Road in Uyo – which was under construction at the time it went down on Saturday evening.

A day after the tragedy, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom directed the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service to immediately set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the incident.

“The panel is to conclude its work within one month, and if it is found that the collapse of the building was as a result of any acts of negligence or wrongdoing, those responsible will face the full wrath of the law,” Ememobong said in the statement.

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The state government confirmed that at least one of the victims trapped in the rubble was killed, although it did not give a specific figure.

“The Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has expressed his deepest condolences to the families whose relatives were trapped and eventually died in the collapsed building, while wishing the survivors a quick recovery.

“He has directed the Commissioner for Health to immediately take over the management of the survivors,” the commissioner added.

The governor commended all the first responders, rescue and security agencies, government officials, voluntary organisations, and residents who took part in the rescue operation that lasted several hours.

He specifically appreciated the construction companies that donated their equipment in the process of the rescue exercise to aid the operation.

This is the first building collapse in Uyo since the Reigners Church incident in December 2016.

14 Dead In Jordan Building Collapse As Search Ends

Jordan map

 

A final body was pulled from wreckage of a collapsed building in Jordan’s capital on Saturday as search efforts ended after four days, taking the total number killed to 14.

“Rescue teams were able to extract one dead person on Saturday, the death toll now stands at 14,” said Amer al-Sartawi, a public security spokesman.

A massive rescue operation began when the four-storey residential building toppled over on Tuesday in Jabal al-Weibdeh, one of Amman’s oldest neighbourhoods.

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The discovery of the body, which medical sources said was a woman, means that all missing had been accounted for, marking the end to search efforts.

Jordan’s public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of three people as part of the investigation, including the building manager as well as two other people involved in renovation work, state media said.

The site of the tragedy is in the capital’s central Jabal al-Weibdeh district, known for its vibrant cultural life and home to a large number of expatriates.

On Thursday, emergency workers safely rescued a four-month-old girl from the wreckage, having sustained only minor bruises.

AFP

Lagos Building Collapse: Death Toll Rises To Six As Search Continues

The scene of a seven-story building that collapsed on September 4, 2022 at the Lekki area of Lagos State. Credit: LASEMA

 

The death toll from the Lagos building collapse has risen to six, emergency officials told Channels Television on Monday.

On Sunday, a seven-storey building situated at Oba Idowu, Oniru Street collapsed in the Victoria Island area of the state.

Although the immediate cause of the collapse is still sketchy, emergency workers and security operatives have already moved to the site to rescue the trapped victims.

As of yesterday, rescue officials had recovered two bodies. However, four more bodies have now been retrieved from the site, according to the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu.

In a statement on Monday, Oke-Osanyintolu said the agency has been working closely with first responders and other officials within the past 24 hours.

“The Agency alongside other first responders has been working for over 24 hours at the above 7-storey building which collapsed yesterday,” he said in an update on the collapsed building.

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Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has ordered the arrest of the developer and other building professionals working on the collapsed seven-storey building in the Victoria Island area of the state.

The order came from the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development,  Dr. Idris Salako, during his visit to the site on Sunday. According to the commissioner, the developer and other professionals violated the state’s planning laws.

“There must be a valid Planning Permit from the aforementioned agency, in addition to a letter of Authorisation, Stage inspection at every milestone and certification by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), to ensure that construction works were carried out in conformity with the approval granted,” he added according to a statement issued by the ministry on Sunday.

“Disclosing that investigation has been initiated to determine the cause of the building collapse, Salako said the Police are on the trail of the developer and all professionals involved in the project such as architects, builders, and engineers,” the statement noted.

“The Commissioner expressed concern at the level of disregard for the law in the built sector, affirming that the State Government will restore sanity and orderliness to the sector because it has zero tolerance for building collapse.

“He enjoined Lagosians to join hands with the State Government in maintaining vigilance in the built environment by reporting any untoward developments in their vicinity, through any of the Ministry or State Government communication channels,  particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development (MPP&UD App) and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.”

Lagos Commissioner Resigns One Day After Building Collapse

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako. Credit: LASG.

 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, has resigned.

His resignation comes barely 24 hours after a seven-storey building caved in, killing at least five persons with fears that more bodies will be recovered from the site.

This was confirmed in a statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.

It is however not clear if the commissioner tendered his resignation immediately after the collapse happened.

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But the Information Commissioner said Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, accepted Salako’s resignation.

Omotoso explained that the governor’s acceptance of Dr. Salako’s resignation is a prelude to the restructuring of the ministry and its agencies.

“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has accepted the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako,” the statement read.

Sanwo-Olu also thanked the commissioner for “his services to the State and wishes him success in his future endeavours.”

The governor equally warned all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion, no matter who the perpetrators are.

Channels Television had reported how the building situated at Oba Idowu, Oniru Street collapsed on Sunday in the Victoria Island area of the state.

Although the immediate cause of the collapse is still sketchy, emergency workers and security operatives have already moved to the site to rescue the trapped victims.

The situation forced the Lagos State Government to order the arrest of the developer and other building professionals working on the collapsed seven-storey building in the Victoria Island area of the state.

Lagos has experienced a series of building collapses, despite efforts by the state government to curb the menace.

The most tragic recent one happened last November when a high-rise building crumbled in the Ikoyi area of the state, killing at least 44 people and injuring many others.

Similarly, eight bodies were recovered after a three-storey building collapsed in Ebute-Metta in May.

Also in May, another building in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos State collapsed.

August also recorded another building collapse leading to the death of two children in the Bariga area of the state.

Two Dead As Seven-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

The scene of a seven-story building that collapsed on September 4, 2022 in the Lekki area of Lagos State. Credit: LASEMA

 

At least two persons have been confirmed dead in Lagos after a seven-storey building collapsed in the Lekki area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that the building, still under construction, caved in on Sunday morning.

It is situated at Oba Idowu Oniru Street by Ave Maria Hospital, near Sandfield Bus Stop, Lekki.

Although the immediate cause of the collapse is still sketchy, emergency workers and security operatives have already moved to the site to possibly rescue the trapped victims.

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Permanent Secretary (PS), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, and Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye both confirmed the incident.

They also confirmed that six persons were trapped and assured search and rescue operations have commenced at the site.

LASEMA said it responded to a distress call at the location at midnight and activated its response plan where six people were reported to have been trapped at the time.

The emergency management agency says it needed to deploy a heavy-duty equipment excavator for the rescue of the trapped victims.

“Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, an uncompleted 7-storey building undergoing construction was found to have collapsed. Six people are reported to be trapped under the rubbles of the collapsed structure,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“The Agency’s heavy-duty equipment excavator will be required for the rescue of the trapped victims. We have activated the Lagos State Response plan. Operation ongoing.”

Channels Television‘s correspondent, Dare Idowu, who was at the scene of the collapsed building observed that it had earlier been marked with a sealed sign by the state government.

The site had been marked as a  restricted zone by the Lagos State Building Control Agency since February 2021.

The affected building was earlier marked for demolition by the state government.

 

Meanwhile, operations are still ongoing to rescue more victims from the scene of the building collapse.

This is not the first time the nation’s commercial capital will record cases of building collapse.

At least 44 people lost their lives last November when a high-rise building crumbled. Similarly in May, eight bodies were recovered after a three-storey building collapsed in Ebute-Metta.

Another building in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos State collapsed on May 7.

One Confirmed Dead, Eight Injured In Kano Building Collapse

A crowd watches on as an excavator picks through the rubble after a building collapsed in Kano on August 30, 2022.
A crowd watches on as an excavator picks through the rubble after a building collapsed in Kano on August 30, 2022.

 

One person has been confirmed dead with eight others injured in a building collapse in Kano State.

An uncompleted three-storey building caved in on Tuesday at a popular GSM market in Beirut Road, the north-western state as emergency officials embarked on rescue operations.

A few hours after the collapse, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sale Aliyu told Channels Television that a dead body has been retrieved from the rubble.

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The building caved in at about 3:05 p.m. on Tuesday. So far, the eight rescued persons have been evacuated to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, for treatment.

Meanwhile, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has sympathised with the victims.

The governor in a statement also ordered intensified rescue operations to get to those trapped in the rubble.

While lamenting the unfortunate incident, he assured us that an investigation is ongoing to unravel the cause of the collapsed structure which was still under construction.

On Friday, a three-storey building also collapsed in Kubwa Satellite town, Abuja, killing two persons.

People Trapped As Three-Storey Building Collapses In Kano

 

A three-storey building has collapsed in the Beirut road area of Kano metropolis.

Some persons are believed to be trapped underneath the rubble.

As of the time of this reporting, emergency workers had arrived at the scene on a rescue operation.

 

In a statement, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, sympathised with the victims.

He also ordered an intensified rescue operations to get to those trapped in the rubble.

While lamenting the unfortunate incident, he assured that investigation is ongoing to unravel the cause of the collapsed structure which was under construction.

On Friday, a three-storey building had also collapsed in Kubwa Satellite town, Abuja, killing two persons.

UPDATED [Abuja Building Collapse] Two Confirmed Dead

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Two persons have been confirmed dead after a three-storey building collapsed in Kubwa Satellite town, Abuja.

Channels Television had earlier reported that two persons were trapped and three persons rescued after the collapse.

The building, which was under construction, collapsed at Hamza Abdullahi Street Off Gado Nasco Road.

According to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday.

Rescue officials at work after a building collapsed in Abuja on August 26, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Rescue officials at work after a building collapsed in Abuja on August 26, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

 

While some persons have been rescued with serious injuries and taken to the General Hospital, the number of casualties is yet unknown.

As of the time of this reporting, security agencies and National Emergency Management Agency officials were on the ground trying to rescue those trapped in the rubble.

Rescue officials at work after a building collapsed in Abuja on August 26, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Rescue officials at work after a building collapsed in Abuja on August 26, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

One Mr Emmanuel Omeke, who said he lives beside the building, claimed the collapsed structure was initially a shopping mall but recently converted into residential apartments.

He suggested the addition of extra blocks to the structure may have led to the collapse.

Two Children Die As Another Building Collapses In Lagos

This photo shows debris after a building collapsed in Lagos on August 21, 2022.
This photo shows debris after a building collapsed in Lagos on August 21, 2022.

 

At least two children have died after another building collapsed in on Adeleye street, Ladilak in the Bariga area of Lagos on Sunday.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, three adult males also sustained injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals.

“The Agency activated its response to the above incident and upon arrival at the incident scene, discovered that the tank scaffolding of a two-storey building collapsed on a bungalow beside it and affected two rooms,” a statement signed by LASEMA chief, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

“Unfortunately 2 children died from the impact. 3 adult males sustained injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals.

“The Agency’s response team alongside Lagos State Fire and LASBCA are responders at the incident scene.”

Ikoyi Building Collapse: Stop Lagos Govt From Taking Over Property, Subscribers Ask Court

A snapshot taken on November 3, 2021, shows the site of a building collapse in Ikoyi, Lagos.

 

Fifteen subscribers of the various units of apartments being constructed in three high-rise buildings at 44BCD, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi have sued the state government at the Lagos High Court.

They are seeking to restrain the state government from taking over and demolishing the remaining two Ikoyi high-rise buildings constructed by Fourscore Heights Limited.

The subscribers – a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wemimo Ogunde, a former Cleric of the Redeemed Church, Pastor Adetola Odutola, and an Oba-elect, Pastor Ghandi Olaoye – are also seeking general damages of N200 million and another N50 million as the cost of filing the suit.

Of the three high-rise buildings (namely Blocks A, B, and C) which were situated on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, one of them, Block B (consisting of 21-storeys) collapsed on November 1, 2021, killing 46 persons while 15 persons were rescued alive.

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The claimants, in the suit filed by their lawyer, AbdulHakeem Mustapha (SAN) are contending that it is the failure of the Lagos State government and its officials to supervise the construction of one of the three towers in line with regulations that led to its eventual collapse.

They claimed that they invested over N15 billion in the property that was being developed by Fourscore Heights Limited, a company promoted by Femi Osibona who also died in the tragedy.

Other claimants in the matter are Mr. Bola & Mrs Bunmi Odutola, Ms. Zahra Motomori, Kwara Business School Limited, Saikoyi Property Limited, and Mr Adewale & Mrs Foluso Folowosele.

Others are Mr Moses & Mrs Margaret Anibaba, Dr. Oladipo & Mrs. Adepeju Oluyomi and Mr Tayo Oladapo.

Apart from the state government, other defendants/respondents are: the Attorney-General of Lagos, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), and Edge of Design Limited.

The claimants are asking the court for a declaration that the first to fourth defendants were negligent in the performance of their duties by failing and/or neglecting to supervise the construction of one of the three towers.

They are also urging the court to declare that the agreements between Fourscore Heights Limited and each of them to acquire units of flats, with agreed considerations paid, entitle them to equitable rights and interests in the other two towers.

They also insist that the first to fourth defendants cannot benefit from their negligence by compulsorily, wrongfully, illegally, and punitively acquire or threaten to acquire the property at 44BCD through forfeiture and/or purported forfeiture to the Lagos state government following the collapse of one of the towers.

The claimants further asked the court to hold that any demolition of the two other towers when independent evidence of unfavorable non-destructive test results has not been produced will adversely affect their equitable interests in the said properties.

They therefore want the court to make an order restraining the defendants from trespassing or further trespassing, demolishing, or further demolishing the properties until an independent audit of the property is carried out by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

They also seek an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from disturbing, interfering with, taking, receiving, or in any way taking possession of, demolishing, divesting, and/or revoking the title, disposing of all or any part of the property, landed or otherwise.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit but the claimants have urged the vacation judge to hear and grant their ex-parte motion during the court’s annual vacation as “efforts are in top gear by the defendants to deal adversely with the property”.