UPDATE: Three Dead, Nine Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

Emergency workers rescue a child from the scene of a collapsed building on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State on July 11, 2020.


Three persons have died and nine injured following a building collapse on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Channels Television gathered that the three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday when the occupants were still asleep.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the tragic incident to Channels Television.

According to him, the remains of the dead victims have been transported to the mortuary, while the nine injured are being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.

Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the victims comprise a child and two adults, adding that the agency is moving the ‘unstable’ structure to ground zero.

This to him is based on the safety and stability of residents of the area and indeed the state.

“We were able to rescue nine people alive and we sympathise with the people that lost their loved ones in there. We recovered three bodies. The three bodies that were rescued have been deposited in the mortuary.

“It is pertinent to note that we have served these people for over three months ago. The building controlling agency was there to serve them. The material testing did the needful in terms of doing the integrity test of this structure and it failed,” he said.

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The LASEMA boss explained that rescue operations were still ongoing.

Meanwhile, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), Ministry of Physical planning, Nigeria Police among other emergency workers are at the scene of the building collapse.

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At Least Four Dead After Boat Capsizes In Lagos

A file photo of a boat on the water.


At least four bodies have been recovered after a boat capsized in Lagos on Friday, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said.

According to a statement signed by LASEMA boss, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, about twenty people had been on a local boat expedition when the incident occurred around 8 pm.

The boat had departed Ebute-Ero and was en route Ikorodu.

It was “in violation of night-time restrictions on water travel,” LASEMA said.

“On arrival at the incident scene . . . search and rescue operations commenced albeit under extremely challenging nightfall conditions,” the statement added.

At least 10 people have been rescued alive although the boat’s captain is still missing, the emergency agency said.

At Least 17 Bodies Recovered, 25 Injured In Abule-Ado Pipeline Explosion


At least 17 bodies have been recovered, while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries from the pipeline explosion that rocked Abule-Ado area of Lagos state on Sunday.

This is according to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who gave preliminary reports in a statement.

He stated that the raging fire had displaced several residents who fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in the inferno.

There were a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damage to multiple buildings including the levelling of a church to ground zero and the destruction of St Margaret’s girl’s hostel.

17 bodies have been recovered while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries on site.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, said that the explosion had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism.

Confirming to Channels Television, Odumosu maintained that it was a human error and unsafe human activities that led to the explosion.

Also giving updates on the tragedy, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in a statement, revealed that a total of 55 persons were attended to made up of 36 school children and 19 adults.

The statement added that one of the adults had about 35 per cent mixed degree burns with inhalation injuries and pulmonary edema, stating that the victim has been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit and connected to a ventilator.

Seven other adults and two children are on admission in the Wards. Two adults had Traumatic Brain Injury and were referred to LUTH for neurosurgical intervention. The remaining 43 have been treated and discharged.

Three people were brought in dead – two females and a Male, the statement read in parts

Woman Dies As Truck ‘Loses Control’ In Lagos


A map of Lagos used to illustrate the story.
A map of Lagos used to illustrate the story.


One identified woman has been confirmed dead and two others rushed to the nearest trauma centre after a truck “lost control” at Ogudu, Lagos on Saturday, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

The accident occurred at Ogudu “under-bridge” along the route towards Ojota.

According to LASEMA, the truck, which was loaded with two containers and had an unknown registration number, lost control while driving at top speed.


“It subsequently fell on its side trapping three persons,” the agency reported on Twitter.

“LASEMA Responders sprung into action by extricating the victims with the aid of light rescue equipment. Two (2) adult males were rescued, while an adult female unfortunately lost her life.

“The two casualties were taken to the nearest Trauma center for medical care, the remains of the deceased transported to the nearby morgue for processing. The containers are presently being recovered by the Agency’s Goliath.”


Attempt To Refuel Powered Generator Caused Balogun Market Fire, Says LASEMA GM


The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Femi Osanyintolu says a preliminary investigation by his agency has revealed the cause of the Balogun Market fire outbreak which occurred on Wednesday.

According to him, the fire started when someone was trying to refuel a powered generator.

He added that no casualty was however recorded in the incident.

A fire outbreak had earlier occurred two months ago on the same street. This is a similar cause of the inferno.

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LASEMA also confirmed to Channels Television that seven buildings were affected by the fire, out of which two collapsed.

Emergency officials are currently battling the fire and trying to evacuate the adjoining buildings as traders are making efforts to salvage their goods.

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Raging Fire Guts Amu Plank Market In Lagos


The Amu Plank Market started to burn on Saturday morning.
The Amu Plank Market started to burn on Saturday morning.


A midnight fire outbreak has razed popular Amu plank and building material market at the Mushin area of Lagos state.

The source of the fire remains unknown but the fire has since destroyed many shops and planks in the market.

According to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osayintolu, properties worth billions of Naira, including two houses, have been consumed in the 2200 sqm market by the raging inferno.

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Officials of the state and Federal Fire service are battling the fire to salvage the market from complete ruin.

The fire which started at around 12:20 am spread with intensity due to the presence of plywood/asbestos, wooden and polyvinyl materials

Several efforts have been deployed to put out the fire and efforts are ongoing.

Two BRT Buses Involved In Head-On Collision

Two BRT buses were involved in a head-on collision on Monday morning at Asolo, Ikorodu road in Lagos.

This was confirmed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) via their official Twitter handle.

The accident which occurred on the BRT corridor resulted in traffic gridlock as onlookers flooded the scene of the crash.

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Although the casualty figures are yet to be confirmed as at the time of this report, eyewitnesses say many who were injured have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment.


This accident comes barely one week after several persons were injured after a trailer collided with a BRT vehicle in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The trailer going inwards Ikorodu skidded off the main carriageway and collided with the BRT.


PHOTOS: Vehicles, Properties Destroyed In Lagos Pipeline Explosion

Scene of the pipeline explosion.


Two people have been killed and dozens of vehicles destroyed after pipeline vandals breached a fuel pipeline causing an explosion in Ijegun area of Lagos State.

The incident, which happened in the early hours of Lagos on Thursday, is the latest in a long string of such accidents.

Two brunt bodies were rescued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in the fire incident where more than 30 vehicles were also gutted by fire.


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UPDATED: At Least Two Dead, Vehicles Destroyed As Pipeline Explodes In Ijegun


Two people have been killed and dozens of vehicles burnt on Thursday after thieves breached a fuel pipeline causing an explosion, emergency services said.

The incident, which happened in the early hours in the Ijegun area of Lagos, is the latest in a long string of such accidents.

“We have recovered two burnt bodies and rescued eight others with severe burns,” Lagos State Emergency Mangement Agency (LASEMA) head Femi Osanyintolu told newsmen.

He said more than 30 vehicles caught fire, adding that the inferno was caused by vandals who broke open a state-run pipeline in order to steal petrol.

Security agents intercepted the thieves as they were transferring the petrol to their trucks, Osanyintolu said.

“In a bid to escape arrest, the vandals spilled some of the petrol into drainages and set it on fire,” he said.

“The fire then spread back to the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded,” he said.

Osanyintolu said firefighters were battling to put out the inferno, adding that the toll might rise further.

Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told AFP the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which owns the pipeline, had been informed.

“Vandals are responsible for the incident and some of them are affected in the inferno,” he said.

He said the area had been cordoned off, and called on the NNPC to shut down the pipeline to cut off the fire.

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Footages all over social media capture the flames and people running helter-skelter in a bid to avoid being caught up in the fire.

Nigeria runs a network of pipelines that transport crude and petrol across the vast nation.

Hundreds of lives have been lost in recent years from fuel theft that culminates in a fire or explosion.

On Monday, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Ahumbe, in the central state of Benue, when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as a crowd gathered to scoop up leaking fuel.

In June, at least 30 people were killed in a petrol tanker fire in southern Rivers state.

Fire Razes BRT Bus On Third Mainland Bridge


One of the buses used for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Lagos has been razed by fire on the third mainland bridge.

The bus which was heading towards Iyana-Oworo caught fire just after Adeniji Adele axis of the bridge.

The Lagos fire service and LASTMA officials later arrived the scene to put out the fire and also manage the traffic.



The wreckage of the bus was at the scene awaiting evacuation as at the time of filing this report.

No casualty was reported.


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Four Die As Train Crushes Tricycle In Lagos

File Photo: LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu.


Four persons have been killed in an accident involving a moving train and a tricycle at the Iju area of Lagos State.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the accident was as a result of reckless driving on the part of the tricycle operator who tried to cross the rail line.

“The Agency received a distress call via the emergency toll free number 112/767 regarding an accident at the Iju area, Shina Peters Road Iju Ishaga on Tuesday, 30th of April 2019 at about 6:52 am.

“On arrival at the scene of incident, it was gathered that a tricycle with five people on board had a collision with a moving train at the aforementioned address.

“Further information gathered at the scene revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the path of the tricycle driver trying to cross the rail crossing,” he added.

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The statement also stated that “four (4) persons (three adult males and one adult female) lost their lives, while one adult male escaped unhurt.”

The bodies of the deceased were recovered and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) who was on ground at the scene of the accident.

Mr Tiamiyu also advised motorists especially tricycle operators to always exercise patience when crossing railway line to avoid unnecessary loss of lives in the State.

Three Dead, Two Injured In Ojuelegba Truck Accident

Three Dead, Two Injured In Ojuelegba Truck Accident


Three people were killed and two others injured in the truck accident that occurred on the Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos State.

The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Lagos Truck Accident Kills Three, Injures Two

He made the disclosure after a truck with an unknown registration number, conveying a huge load of plywood, swerved and poured its contents down the bridge.

The LASEMA boss also clarified that the truck did not fall off the bridge as reported earlier and that four other vehicles were involved in the accident.

He said, “As we are; three people died, two people injured.  Initially, two people died and after some time, one more person among those who were initially injured eventually died.”

LASEMA GM, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu


“We got a call at about 8:25 pm from the call system that a truck fell of the bridge in Ojuelegba but when we got here, we discovered that a truck actually did not fall off the bridge but content at the back of the truck which are mainly plywood.

“Obviously overloaded and when it got to the bridge, it tilted and half of the content fell off the bridge and landed on top of four other vehicles – three yellow danfo (commercial) buses and a Toyota Corolla car,” Tiamiyu revealed at the scene of the incident.

He stressed further that the bridge was consequently shut down and vehicles were diverted to enable officials of LASEMA and other emergency agencies to clear off the bridge to prevent a secondary incident.

Agencies who also took part in the rescue effort include the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and the Red Cross.

Others are LRT, LASTMA, Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Lagos State Fire Service, and the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps.

Tuesday’s incident is the latest of similar accidents that have claimed lives in the Ojuelegba bridge axis in the last three years.

One of the incidents in September 2015 killed three members of the same family.