One dead, several people stranded as two-storey building collapses in Lagos

A two-story building under construction on Freeman Road in Lagos Island has collapsed.

A body was recovered from the rubble of the building, while several people are believed to be trapped.

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and firefighters are currently at the scene of the incident.

In a statement released on the incident, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, said the building at 4 Alayaki Way, Lagos Island had been sealed as a security measure.

“The Agency responded to the above incident which was already in violation of building security protocols,” the statement read.

“The building was found to have been captured by the LASBCA District Office and served with all statutory notices, sealed at District and Central Enforcement.

“Further investigation determined that the promoter continued its clandestine operations primarily at night and on weekends.

“An unconfirmed number of people are still trapped inside the building. Two people were rescued alive while another was found dead

“Search and rescue operations underway. Further updates will follow.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s incident is the third building collapse recorded in May in the state.

On May 7, a two-story building collapsed in the style of Ago Palace.

Days before this incident, more than 20 people were confirmed dead after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of ​​Lagos State.

Meanwhile, on May 11, the state government had ordered an immediate halt to the approval of structures over three storeys in the Ebute Metta East and West axis of the state.

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