Building collapse update: Rescue operation ends with 34 deaths

Rescue operation at the site of a five-storey building that collapsed on Tuesday morning in Lagos has finally reached the ground zero, with final death figure put at 34 victims.

One of the victims rescued alive by the emergency responders at the scene of the collapsed building on Wednesday in Lagos

One of the victims rescued alive by the emergency responders at the scene of the collapsed building on Wednesday in Lagos

The Renaissance reports that the rescue operation, which started at about 7.00 am, finally came to an end at exactly 7.20 pm on Wednesday.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed to The Renaissance that at the end of the rescue operation, 34 dead bodies were recovered while 13 persons were rescued alive.

“Operations concluded at 7.20 p.m. with 34 dead and 13 rescued alive after reaching ground zero.

“Investigation on the cause of the collapse has started by various Federal and Lagos State government agencies,” Farinloye told The Renaissance.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has said that the collapsed building exceeded the number of floors approved by the authorities.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement that the government had issued a summons to the owner of the building, the Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited.

“Directors of the company were advised to report themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police within the next 24 hours or be arrested.

“Based on preliminary reports and investigation, it was discovered that the collapsed building was served a contravention notice for exceeding the approved floors and thereafter sealed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency,” the statement read in part.

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Ayorinde stated that the state government would no longer tolerate builders that disregard supervisory laws and threaten public safety.

“The government will now investigate the integrity of other Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited buildings to ensure that they are in compliance with local building laws and regulations,” the commissioner added.

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