Many people are feared trapped as a building which collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State on Monday at about 2pm.
Spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbo, confirmed the frightening incident. “A 25-storey building collapsed by Musliu Junction, Ikoyi, Lagos. LASEMA is on top of the situation”, he said.
This as the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, stated that heavy-duty equipment and life detection equipment have been deployed to the scene.
Oke-Osanyintolu said, “Collapsed Building at Gerard Road, Ikoyi: The agency has activated its emergency response plan to the above incident.
“All first responders are en route to secure the scene while the heavy-duty equipment and life detection equipment have been dispatched.”
Three rescued from rubble of Ikoyi collapsed building
Three persons have been rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building by volunteers and emergency agencies on the ground.
The rescued victims have since been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Babafemi Hamzat, has arrived at the scene of the incident.
Four dead in Ikoyi collapsed building
Four have been confirmed dead and their bodies recovered from the collapsed building while effort is ongoing to ensure more rescue as of the time of filing this report.
This is according to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who spoke to newsmen at the scene of the incident.
He, however, could not ascertain the cause of the collapse, saying it should be left to technical experts.
With additional reporting from Punch