The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said it is yet to determine the number of casualties in Tuesday's building collapse in Lekki area of the state, just as it disclosed that the contractors handling the project were ordered to stop work on the site but defied the order and carried on with constructions until the tragedy occurred.
General Manager of the agency, Michael Akindele, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he could not put a figure on the number of people involved in the accident.
The building was located at 37 Agungi/Ajiran Road, Osapa London, Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
"As l speak, l cannot ascertain whether there is anybody trapped, dead or alive, until when we conclude the search and rescue mission.
"For now, we are still on rescue mission to ensure that there is no life under the debris.
"Until we get to the zero level, before we can make any further pronouncement,"
He, noted that the projects were suspect, and the agency would investigate the circumstances surrounding the collapse.
"As at August 11, the three buildings under construction here were marked by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the contractors served appropriately to stop construction.
"This collapse is out of defiance; however, necessary investigations will be done by appropriate agency after which it will act appropriately."
Source: Daily Independent