Eight persons- including a mother and child have been confirmed dead, while 23 others have been rescued after a three-storey building collapsed in Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.
The building, located at N0 24 Ibadan Street, off Herbert Macaulay Way, Ebute-Meta, collapsed on Sunday night at about 10:56 p.m.
The Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the incident on Monday, said 23 people had been rescued so far.
Personnel of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and other relevant agencies are still conducting rescue operations.
Reacting to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, lamented that the rate at which buildings collapse in the country have become increasingly embarrassing. He urged the relevant state authorities to work closely with professional bodies to put a halt to these unfortunate but preventable incidents.
The President commiserates with families of those who died, sustained injuries, and were affected by the building collapse.
It would be recalled that on November 1, 2021, a 21-storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, collapsed, resulting in the death of about 44 persons.
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