Africa Roll- Nigeria: 3-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos, Casualty Figure Unknown

Aug 01, 2012

 A three-storey building collapsed on Wednesday in Lagos with some residents feared dead and others still trapped, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A witness, Mr Abiodun Adedamola, told NAN that the building, located at 11 Anikantamo St., off Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos, collapsed at about 1 p.m.

The witness said that the residential building, which was about eight years old,  collapsed without giving any signs.

“The building just collapsed this afternoon around 1 p.m. without giving any signs of having developed serious faults.

“Right inside there, it has trapped some tenants but we do not yet know the number of persons trapped,”Adedamola said.

Mr Abiodun Towolawi, a cameraman with the Lagos State Physical Planning Development Authority (LSPPDA), told NAN at the site that they (LSPPDA officials) were returning from work at Ajah when they got information on the accident.

Mr Femi Moliki, the authority’s spokesman, confirmed to NAN that a building indeed collapsed on the Lagos Island but said that the casualty figure had yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, the site had been cordoned off  by security agencies working in collaboration with Lagos State officials, emergency agencies.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Lagos State and Federal Fire Services, the Red Cross, policemen and National Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel were seen attempting to rescue the trapped residents.

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