LASEMA Rescues One From Road Crash In Maryland

LASEMA officials rescuing the injured victim

 

The  Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has rescued one person from a road crash at Odo Iyalaro inward Maryland Bus Stop.

The incident happened after a vehicle rammed into a stationary container truck.

Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Oluwafemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, while commenting on the incident on Tuesday, advised road users to apply more caution while traversing the ever-busy roads of inner-city Lagos, especially at night.

He also stated that people with poor vision should desist from driving at night.

The LASEMA Permanent Secretary also revealed that a lot of avoidable accidents occur due to the carelessness of road users who refuse to put necessary ‘C’ caution materials around broken down vehicles on the one hand, and over-speeding, distracted drivers, with poor night vision on the other hand.

Consequent to the incident at Maryland, a Preliminary Report emanating from the Permanent Secretary’s office has it that, “Upon the arrival of the Agency’s tiger team at the incident scene, it was discovered that a sienna vehicle with registration number KJ 237 DN ran into a stationed container truck with an unknown registration number.

“An adult male was trapped in the affected vehicle and was successfully rescued by the Agency’s officials using the Agency’s light tow truck.

“The affected vehicle was also towed off the carriageway to a layby nearby.

“The road is now free of any impediment.

“Operations concluded, LRT heading back to base”.

Ikoyi Building: No One Died During Rescue Operations, LASEMA Tells Coroners Inquest

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

 

None of the victims of the collapsed Ikoyi building died during rescue operations as evidence showed that they were all dead before the rescue operations commenced.

That’s the testimony of the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osayintolu before the coroner’s inquest on Thursday.

The inquest continued at the Lagos court Ikeja premises before the coroner, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe.

While being led in evidence-in-chief by Adeolu Odugbemi, the counsel to the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Dr. Oke-Osayintolu, gave a vivid account of how the rescue operations were carried out by responders.

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He admitted that rescue operations were carried out by both professionals and non-professionals alike assisting with their equipment.

In explaining LASEMA’s role, he noted that in its years of existence, the agency confronted what he described as a “classical national emergency”.

He explained that the rescue team he directed and gave instructions to  – as the incident commander mandated by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu –  moved into the incident area following a primary assessment, partitioning the ‘building’ into Quadrums 1 to 4 and employing Heavy and Life Duty equipment.

He also said the use of drone and Delsa equipment for detection of life enabled both primary and secondary emergency responders to determine that there was no life in the debris before work commenced.

Under cross-examination, Dr. Oke-Osayintolu was queried by Mr. Ola Adeosun representing Prowess Engineering Ltd on whether the agency’s work in the course of the rescue operation led to the death of some persons underground.

He responded, “My Lord, with my medical background, I have attended to a lot of emergencies within State and Federal, I would say no.”

Speaking about what he called theatre field or the emergency field, the DG LASEMA said: “Where we put the excavator is the first quadrum. We use the Delsa to detect if there is somebody that is alive and I said this type of collapse building, it’s unique itself.

“When it piles on one another there won’t be air going in, it will compress the victim, and the way our response was operated, we divided the place into quadrums. We used a Delsa and drone; I can say that that probability is close to zero.”

Continuing the cross-examination, Mr. Adeosun asked, “Are you telling this court that before moving your equipment, you must have confirmed that there is no person alive?”

The witness replied, “100 per cent yes, My Lord. There was nobody that died in the course of our intervention to the best of my knowledge.”

The collapse of the 21-storey high-rise building, located at Gerard Road, Ikoyi, resulted in the death of 46 persons one of whom was the MD of Fourscore Heights Ltd, Mr Femi Osibona. He was handling the construction of the high-rise.

At the proceeding, the coroner also listened to the conclusion of the testimony of Mr. Muritala Olawale, a structural engineer and the Managing Director of Prowess Engineering Nigeria Ltd.

The witness, tendered documents on the soil test conducted which were admitted by the coroner as an exhibit.

At the proceedings of Wednesday, the 15th of Dec., Olawale had told the coroner that he rendered structural consultancy services to the contractor of the project, the late MD of Fourscore Heights Ltd, Mr Osibona.

Olawale said the initial brief his firm received was for three blocks of four-storey buildings.

He said that Osibona kept revising the brief by adding more floors to the buildings and that his team was only responsible for the first four floors of the 21-storey Block B which collapsed.

Olawale told the inquest that Osibona was the contractor/builder of the project and was also in charge of getting all government approvals for the high-rises.

“I never saw the approved architectural drawings, mechanical drawings, and electronic drawings for the project,” he said.

The structural engineer noted that when he realised that standard construction procedures were not being observed on the site, his company withdrew its services to Osibona via a letter dated Feb. 20, 2020

Further hearing in the inquest has been adjourned to February 4, 2022.

294 Shops Razed In Lagos Market Fire – LASEMA

The scene of the Lagos Plank Market Fire. Credit: LASEMA

 

No fewer than 294 shops have been completely razed after a night fire raged at the Oke-Afa Planks and Building Materials Market in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State on Friday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday.

Although the cause of the inferno that started around 9 pm on Friday is yet to be ascertained, LASEMA said there was no record of casualties and no loss of lives.

Besides the 294 shops razed, other properties destroyed by the fire include two residential bungalows, a market mosque, three storage tanks, amongst others.

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“Consequent upon the arrival of the Agency’s Responders at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a plank market which consists of 378 shops at the above location was engulfed in a wild inferno on Friday night and continued raging till this morning, Saturday 18th, December 2021,” the statement read.

“All efforts by the Agency’s Response Team, its Fire Men in collaboration with Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjoining buildings proved successful as the fire was curtailed from spreading further and put out completely.”

LASEMA Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, sympathised with the shop owners and the residents of the affected buildings burnt by the fire.

He appealed to all traders to ensure their properties are well insured while urging Lagosians to be safety-conscious and vigilant especially during the harmattan season which is harsh and prone to fire incidents.

According to him, there is the need for Lagos residents to be very watchful and at alert to reduce the risk and vulnerability to fire outbreaks caused by the harsh harmattan season, because ’emergency management is everyone’s business’

This is even as he reiterated the commitment of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration in prioritising the safety of lives and properties of Lagosians.

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Fire Razes Furniture Workshop, Spare Parts Building In Ladipo Market

A photo collage showing the burning building and emergency operators at the scene of the fire outbreak.

 

A furniture workshop and an auto spare parts building in Ladipo market, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State have been razed by fire.

The fire started on Sunday night from the furniture workshop and according to emergency operators, it continued till Monday morning, affecting the spare parts building.

“A fire outbreak at 85, Ladipo Street by Fatai Atere Road Ladipo Market since 11:00 yesterday involving a 3 Storey building has continued to rage till now.

“The Security fortification of the building has created a serious obstruction to access the building which has already shown signs of safety concerns.

“The fire was said to have started at a furniture workshop behind the building with an electrical spark at about 10:45 p.m,” a statement by the rescue operators read in part.

The neighbours claimed that they were not aware that the spark could have led to fire and by the time they realised the full fire outbreak, they could not handle it.

Before responders could arrive, the fire had spread to the three-storey building.

Emergency operators including Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), State Fire and Federal Fire Services Service, and Police are at the scene.

No casualty has been recorded so far, as operations are ongoing.

Four Dead, Others Trapped As Another Building Collapses In Lagos

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A screengrab showing rubbles of the collapsed building.

 

Four persons have died and five others rescued as a building under construction collapsed in the Badagry area of Lagos State on Wednesday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the figures in an update.

“Nine Casualties who were construction workers were recorded of which five adult males were rescued and taken to the hospital for medical treatment while four adult males were recovered dead from the rubbles and taken to Badagry General Hospital by Police Officers from Area K in the company of family members for documentation,” the agency posted on its social media handle.

Earlier,  the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service had said that the victims were rescued with varying degrees of injury but in stable condition and been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

“However, 4 (four) adults male have been recovered (unconscious) thus far as the Nigerian Police, Morogbo Division, and the community dwellers are complementing the efforts of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service,” the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, said about the building located at Sunny Filled, Flour Mills, Estate, Magbon in Badagry.

In the update, the agency said efforts were ongoing to rescue other people trapped in the building.


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Wednesday’s incident is coming two weeks after a 21-storey structure collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state. Over 40 persons died in the incident with several others injured.

The development elicited reactions from many quarters with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State admitting that “mistakes were made from all angles”.

“This is an event that could be described clearly as a national disaster. Mistakes were made from all angles,” the governor said, days before he set up a Tribunal of Enquiry to probe the incident.

Sanwo-Olu added that “the panel’s terms of reference also include ascertaining whether there was a compromise of the building codes by the developer, his contractor, and statutory regulatory agencies.

“The panel will be finding out who the culprits are. The investigation will start with the heads of regulatory agencies.

“Be rest assured that if there are other people found wanting in the course of the investigation, everybody will face the full wrath of the law.”

Pipeline Leaks In Lagos Community After Suspected Vandalism

The scene of the pipeline leakage in Ikotun area of Lagos State.

 

There was panic in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on Friday following the leakage of the Atlas Cove-Mosimi system pipeline channel.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and the State Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed the incident.

According to the emergency rescue team, the heavy flow of Premium Motor Spirit was caused by suspected vandalism and bunkering in the early hours of the day.

The Director of the State Fire Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, said the PMS was gushing out from the pipeline and the contents had travelled through drainage systems to Igando/Idimu roads and some areas in Alimosho.

She explained in a statement that the vandalised pipeline has been repaired by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maintenance Team and the entire area blanketed by the LASEMA Response Unit and the Lagos State Fire Service.

Meanwhile, all first responders are at the scene of the incident and other affected areas to avert any disaster.

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Train Collides With Truck In Iju-Ishaga, Lagos

Scene of the train accident.

 

A train accident occurred on Monday along the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State involving a truck carrying animal feeds.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the truck did not clear off the rail track completely which led to the train brushing it off from the rear.

Although no causality was recorded, the accident led to vehicular traffic in the area.

Rescue officials and security operatives have swung to action, by pulling the truck off the track for easy passage.

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The officials also explained to Channels Television that the truck was on one-way when the accident occurred.

“Stakeholders are here from the Federal Fire Service, LASTMA, LASEMA, and others are all on the ground. The truck that will remove the trailer from the track is already on the ground.

“We are attempting to remove its content- the animal feed – so that it will be easy for it to be removed from the track,” Wale Adedokun, Search and Rescue Officer, Lagos Territorial Office explained.

Fire Guts Warehouses At Iddo Railway Terminal

A fire outbreak has been reported at Iddo terminal, Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The incident according to eyewitnesses started on Sunday evening from one of the shanties close to the terminal affecting warehouses and shops closeby.

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The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the fire was caused by a power surge when electricity was restored at shanties behind the terminus.

“While there appears to be no loss of life, the agency is working alongside the Lagos and federal fire services to control the fire and curtail the extensive spread of the flames,” he said.

According to witnesses, the warehouses were filled with flammable items, including candles, which contributed to the inferno.

‘No Life Lost’: LASEMA Says As Fire Guts Ketu Plank Market

Photos: Gboyega Akosile/@followLASEMA

 

No casualties were recorded following the fire that gutted the Ketu plank market in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) stated this on Sunday while noting that the fire started from one part of the market.

According to the DG, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, no life was lost and no one was injured in the incident. Goods were, however, destroyed.

Oke-Osanyintolu further stated that emergency responders comprising the LASEMA team and the Lagos State Fire Service have pt out the raging inferno.

According to the LASEMA boss, a trailer that was caught up in the inferno has also been evacuated from the road to a layby.

He, therefore, urged members of the public to exercise caution at all times especially when dealing with heavy-duty equipment or machinery.

 

Driver Flees As Petrol Tanker Falls, Spills Content On Lagos Road

The scene of the accident at the Tincan area of Lagos State on December 25, 2020. Credit: LASEMA

 

A petrol tanker has fallen around the Sunrise area of Tincan, in Lagos State, spilling its content on the ground with the driver of the vehicle at large

Confirming the incident on Friday via Twitter, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said agency response team and other responders are firmly on the ground to curtail any secondary incident.

“Efforts are ongoing by the owners of the tanker to transload the remaining contents; however the driver Of the tanker has fled the scene, therefore, making it difficult to locate the owners,” LASEMA said.

“Officials of NUPENG are doing everything within their purview to facilitate the transloading. The agency response team and other responders are firmly on the ground to curtail any secondary incident.”

The truck was said to have upturned after the driver rammed into a pothole around 7.30 am, and the content being conveyed to a destination in the state, spilt on the road.

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Fire Guts Multiple Vehicles Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The scene of the tanker explosion on Kara Bridge of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

 

Multiple vehicles were engulfed in a fire that started on Saturday morning along the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire was triggered by an explosion from a petrol tanker.

The number of human casualties could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The Nigerian police and Federal Road Safety Corps officials have arrived at the scene to put the situation under control.

The incident led to heavy traffic on that section of the expressway on Saturday morning.

Tanker related accidents are common along Kara Bridge. On July 17, two trucks and a fully-loaded fuel tanker were in collision, resulting in major gridlock for commuters.

At least one person was confirmed dead on June 21, after a petrol tanker, a gas truck, and a cement transport truck collided on the bridge.

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Updated: Six Dead, Others Injured As Building Collapses In Lagos

Rescue workers at the scene of the building collapse in Obalende on October 11.

 

Six persons have died and five others severely injured after a building collapsed in the Obalende area of Lagos State on Sunday

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

Ten others equally sustained minor injuries during the incident, the agency added.

According to the agency, the building located at No. 60 Odo Street, Obalende, Eti-Osa, was under construction when it collapsed partially and explained that the fatalities include one woman and five men.

“The emergency response plan has been activated and all responders are en route the scene,” DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

He also urged residents to remain calm and keep away from the area.

This comes just weeks after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ejigbo area of the state.