PHOTOS: Firefighters Battle Lagos Market Fire One Day After

A day after the fire outbreak at the Balogun market, in Lagos Island, firefighters are still at the scene of the incident trying to put out the fire completely.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) told Channels Television that petrol chemical substances and the fabric materials stored in one of the buildings continue to trigger flames, thereby stretching emergency operations.

READ ALSO: Balogun Market Fire: Sanwoolu Visits Scene As Emergency Operation Continues

Emergency management officials are also scene with heavy duty cranes and equipment spraying water into the areas where smoke and fire is being detected.

The Tuesday morning fire got the attention of the Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who visited the scene on Wednesday and directed that integrity test be carried out on all the affected buildings.

A police officer was also reported killed while on duty at the scene. The officer died late last night after a section of the burnt building caved in during rescue operation.

Traders in the market are counting their losses as they say goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed.

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Fire Guts Section Of Balogun Market In Lagos

 

Some buildings inside Balogun market, located on Lagos Island were on Tuesday gutted by fire.

The fire which started in the morning created panic in the market with many witnesses sharing videos on social media, showing fire billowing from a building in the crowded market.

Some traders salvaged their goods while others lamented the havoc wreaked by the fire.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage had yet to be ascertained with emergency workers joining traders to help bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Osanyintolu, has visited the scene.

In a chat with reporters, he said efforts were in top gear to contain the inferno with an assurance that the fire-fighters would put out the fire before the close of business.

 

 

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Four Rescued As Another Building Collapses In Lagos During Demolition

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Another building has collapsed in Lagos Island during the ongoing demolition in the area.

The building, located at Egerton Square, Oke Arin collapsed on Monday afternoon trapping some persons.

Details about the collapse which comes less than a week after the Ita Faji collapse that claimed 20 lives are sketchy, but the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed it through its official Twitter account.

Read Also: At Least 24 Victims Rescued From Rubble Of Collapsed Building, Nine Dead

According to LASEMA, the building is one of those marked by the LASCBCA for demolition.

“The officials were on top of the building when some scavengers tried to remove the doors on the ground floor and the remaining parts of the building collapsed on them,” one of the tweets read.

It added that four scavengers sustained minor injuries and had been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.

The demolition of the building, as well as several others around the area commenced few days after the Ita Faji building collapse had triggered outrage across the country and condemnation of the government’s inability to enforce its rules regarding structures considered to have failed integrity test.

The government, on the other hand, insisted that prior to the unfortunate incident, most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition.

It, however, said it failed to follow through with the process because owners of some of the houses were adamant to relocate.

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PHOTOS: State Govt Commences Demolition Of Marked Buildings In Lagos Island

 

The Lagos State Government has commenced the demolition of buildings marked on Freeman Street at the Ita Faji area of Lagos Island.

This follows the collapse of a three-storey building on Massey Street in the same area on Wednesday, killing school children and some other occupants of the building, while many others were left injured.

READ ALSOState Govt Commences Demolition Of Marked Buildings In Lagos Island

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Ambode Orders Demolition Of Over 80 Marked Buildings In Lagos Island

Marked building for demolition in Lagos Island

 

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has ordered the demolition of over 80 buildings in Lagos Island earlier marked to be brought down.

The order follows the collapse of a three-storey building in the Ita Faaji area of the Island, housing a primary school said to be located on the second floor of the building, killing both children and adults.

During an assessment of the disaster scene on Wednesday, Governor Ambode vowed to demolish all illegal school buildings in the area and some structures marked unfit in Smith, Palm Church and Adeniji Adele Streets.

READ ALSO: Lagos Govt Confirms 20 Killed In Collapsed Building

Following the governor’s order, officials of the State Building Control Agency led by its Acting General Manager, Omotayo Fakolujo, moved in on Friday to begin the demolition

Mr. Fakolujo told Channels Television that officials were acting based on the governor’s directives, adding that most owners of some illegal structures were evading arrest despite disobeying the government’s order.

He said, “I can say that the owners and tenants are recalcitrant, inasmuch as we try to evict them, they continue to evade arrest and go through the back door and we feel that this structure might go down as soon as possible and that is why we have to bring it down today.

“There is a lot of legal tussles that relate to demolition. For this one, we just had a clearance from the court last week. We are moving to Smith, Palm Church and Adeniji Adele where we have marked over 20 structures for demolition.

He added that the government was also trying to evacuate occupants of most of the structures about to collapse.

Lagos Building Collapse: President Buhari Commiserates With Families Of Victims

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is extremely saddened by the collapse of a building housing a school in Itafaaji area of Lagos, which left fatalities, particularly of small children.

The President in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, sympathized with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God’s comfort.

He also wishes the injured speedy and complete recovery.

READ ALSO: Lagos Building Collapse: A Black Wednesday At Ita Faji

He commiserated with the government and good people of Lagos State and pledged assistance of the Federal Government as may be required by the state.

“It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succor,” the President said.

He charged the Lagos State government to do all that is needful so that such tragic developments do not recur in future.

At Least 24 Victims Rescued From Rubble Of Collapsed Building, Nine Dead

 

At least 24 victims, mostly children have been rescued from the rubbles of a three-story building which collapsed in the Ita Faji area of Lagos Island.

The children, most of whom are pupils of a primary school located on the top floor of the building, were rescued by officials from emergency rescue agencies and residents of the area, as hundreds swarmed the site.

They were immediately rushed to the Lagos General Hospital, Marina, where some parents anxiously trooped in to confirm if their children were fine.

Read Also: Lagos Building Collapse: Buhari Sympathises With Families Of Victims

 

As rescue operations continued, Channels Television spotted a pupil covered in dust, being pulled from the rubble to a cheering crowd.

Nine persons have, however, been confirmed dead as officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Police, Army and National Security and Civil Defence Force (NSCDC) make frantic efforts to rescue the remaining victims.

Read Also: Building Collapse: Ambode Urges Residents To Allow Rescue Operations

 

 

Read Also: Children Feared Killed, Others Trapped In Lagos Building Collapse

The building, situated at Massey Street in the Ita Faji area of Lagos Island, is said to be about 30 years old.

It is one of those which had since been marked by the Federal Government for demolition in the densely populated area.

 

It, however, caved in at about 9:45 am on Wednesday, raising fears for the lives of the hundreds of inhabitants.

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Govt Demolishes Illegal Buildings In Lagos Island       

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency on Saturday demolished some illegal structures and building erected without governments’ approval.

The exercise which is in continuation of moves by the Lagos state government to ensure that buildings are duly certified and approved for construction affected some structures erected on Freeman Street in Lagos Island.

This exercise according to the Lagos State government is also aimed at reducing incidents of building collapse.

READ ALSO: NDLEA Destroys Over 130,000KG Drug Exhibits In Edo

The agency had earlier visited Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Yaba Local Government Areas two weeks ago demolishing and prosecuting offenders for flouting government’s regulation and breaking seals.

Apart from demolishing the buildings, more than 20 houses were also sealed and marked for demolition for failure to get approvals for construction.

Eight Dead, 15 Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

Building collapse, Abuja, Gwarimpa,
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At least Eight persons have been reported dead and 15 others rescued from the rubble of the four-storey building that collapsed in Lagos island.

The spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-West zone, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed this to Channels Television.

More residents are feared to be trapped still in the building that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon on Tokunbo Street, off Odunfa Street.

Search and rescue operations by officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other rescue bodies are said to be ongoing at the scene.

Several Injured In Third Mainland Bridge Accident

Several Injured In Third Mainland Bridge AccidentAn accident that occurred on the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos has left many people severely injured.

The accident happened on Saturday morning and involved a Toyota Hiace commercial bus and a Camry car.

Witnesses said both vehicles were headed from Lagos Island towards the mainland.

Emergency workers from the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Commission were at the scene of the accident to rescue the victims.

The injured were later rushed to the Accident and Emergency Centre at the old Lagos Toll Gate.

Court Sentences Cynthia Osokogu’s Murderers To Death

Cynthia OsokoguThe Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island has convicted and sentenced two men to death by hanging for the murder of late Cynthia Osokogu.

Trial judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, held that the prosecution proved the case against them beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice Akinlade sentenced Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezike to death after finding them guilty of murdering Cynthia Osokogu by chaining her hands and legs, as well as choking and gagging her.

The act was said to have led to asphyxia, the absence of oxygen supply to the body of the victim which the court identified as the cause of her death.

The late Cynthia Osokogu, a postgraduate student of Nassarawa State University, was murdered on July 22, 2012 at a hotel in Festac Town by the men who lured her to Lagos after she met them through a social media platform.

Justice Akinlade had fixed March 23 to deliver judgment in the trial of four men charged with her murder, after counsel to the Lagos State Government and those who represented the defendants adopted their final written addresses.

In arriving at the judgment on Thursday, the judge held that the prosecution had successfully proven against the two defendants the offences of conspiracy to kill, murder, conspiracy to steal and stealing.

She found the convicts guilty on the strength of the circumstantial evidence and exhibits presented against them by the prosecution, and also based on their confessional statements made to the Police.

The court, however, discharged and acquitted the third and fourth defendants on the ground that the prosecution had not proved its case against them.

Nigeria, Africa Collaborations To Come Before Others – Vector

VectorNigerian rapper, Vector has said he has no plans to have collaborations with artistes outside Africa for now as he plans to tidy up first.

In a recent chat with Entertainment News on Channels Television, Vector commented on the recent increase in America/Nigeria music collaborations and said “I’ve had my moments with international collaborations in Jamaica, Miami, ATL and parts of New York. I’ve had that buzz and mention over there.

“However, Nigeria is big enough.

“At this point, I think I should tidy my house first,” he said and added that Nigeria and Africa come first.

Vector’s track, ‘King Kong’ has also been gaining a lot of traction with a remix featuring artistes including Reminisce, Sarkodie, Phyno on the way.

Also, Vector disclosed that his ‘Lafiaji’ album is on the way.

“The art with this album is pretty much going back to the place of birth. I was born on Lagos Island and I grew up around Lafiaji.

“It’s high time I made a track or album dedicated to the place I grew up, so it will have plenty Lafiaji kind of lifestyle.”

Asked about his relationship with music label YSG, Vector said: “The new movement is GRAP”, adding that “YSG is still very good” and “we would still work together”.

However, the Shiga rapper made it clear he was operating solo at the moment and that fans should expect Nigerian music that would compete internationally from him.

“This year, it’s just basically me bringing the world and Nigeria together with music,” he said, noting that Nigerian music can compete anywhere in the world whilst still being Nigerian.