The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday disclosed that four persons died, and one occupant was rescued in the building that collapsed at Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in Mushin, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the NEMA South-West Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this during a telephone interview. He said two males and two females died, while one person was rescued in the building collapse.
The Lagos State Government also said it would investigate the cause of the collapse. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, disclosed in a statement obtained by NAN.
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During a visit to the scene of the three-storey building, which was about 40 years old, he directed that it should be pulled down immediately for safety reasons and to forestall further collapse. He directed the Lagos State Building Control Agency and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory to unravel the cause of the collapse.
Residents of the collapsed building also attempted to rescue their belongings after its remaining parts were demolished.
Ten buildings have collapsed in Lagos State this year.