Uyai-Abasi Etido


An uncompleted 7-storey building which is undergoing construction collaped yesterday morning, killed two persons and injured four construction workers at Oba Abiodun Oniru Street, Oniru Estate, Lekki, Lagos.

According to report, the building was sealed on February 18, 2021, by officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA but the developer continued to work.

The spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin who confirmed the incident, at about 3:30 am on August 4, 2022, the command received a distress call that a seven-storey building under construction at Oba Abiodun Oniru Street, Oniru Estate Lekki, collapsed and trapped workers therein.

He also noted that: “combined teams of policemen, LASEMA, NEMA, and other emergency management agencies were quickly mobilised to the scene for rescue operation. Since, two of the victims were brought out dead and the corpses were deposited at a public morgue for autopsy. Search and rescue operation is being intensified.”

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, revealed that the agency’s heavy-duty equipment excavator will be required for the rescue of the trapped victims, adding that the Lagos State Response plan has been activated.”

An eye-witness,Tobi who is a vulcanizer also confirmed the incident, stating that the injured workers were trapped on the 3rd floor where two of the dead bodies were recovered.

He also stated that the building was giving distress vibrations for a couple of minutes and went down slowly, noting that about 30 persons escaped before the building collapsed.”