Another building collapses in Lagos

Barely two weeks after a three-storey building collapsed in the heart of Lagos, another one – a two-storey structure on Monday has also crumbled.

The building, a two-storey edifice reportedly collapsed midday at Kakawa street, Lagos Island.

According to a resident of the street, no one was trapped because the building was marked for demolition and occupants had vacated.

The collapsed structure, however, affected a bungalow with three occupants.

The Lagos State Management Agency (LASEMA), however, said no one was trapped in the rubbles.

Security operatives and emergency workers have arrived at the scene to ensure others residents are safe and that the rubles are disposed of properly.

Recall that on Wednesday, March 13, a three-storey building housing a school collapsed, trapping more than 100 persons, including pupils at the crowded Ita-Faji street, Lagos Island.

Thousands of residents and many emergency workers descended on the scene and rescued many upon arrival, but some remained trapped and witnesses gave early death toll figures at eight to nine.

Lagos State Government later confirmed that a total of 20 people were killed following the collapse of the three-storey building at Ita-Faaji.

The government thereafter set up a five-man panel to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos, Rotimi Ogunleye, inaugurated the panel on Tuesday.

He explained that the terms of reference of the panel included proffering remedial measures to stem further building collapse in the future, as well as determining the level of negligence on the part of the developer or owner and the role of the state government.

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