A two-storey building under construction collapsed in Lekki area of Lagos yesterday, trapping at least six people.
Two persons were rescued minutes after the collapse and rushed to hospital, but the actual number of those trapped was uncertain at press time. The building located at No. 37 Agungi, Ajiran Road, opposite Obafemi Olatunji Street, Lekki, caved in around 6:45am.
Neither the contractor nor the owner of the house could be reached. Some alleged that the contractor fled when news of the collapse got to him. It is was gathered that among those trapped were labourers and food sellers. Their voices were still being heard late yesterday as rescue workers battled to save them.
NEMA South-West spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, said two persons were rescued from the rubble. It was gathered that the owner was developing three buildings of two-storeys each in the same compound but LASEMA General Manager, Michael Akindele, said the building had earlier been marked by the Lagos Building Control Agency (LASBCA) on August 16 and ordered the developer to stop work as the development was illegal. He said the search would continue till late night yesterday as more emergency workers had mobilised to join in the rescue effort.
The police, Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), fire service and other rescue agencies intensified work at the scene yesterday.