Another building reportedly collapsed in Lagos on Monday, March 18, barely a week after a similar incident occurred that led to the death of some school children, but the government denied the incident.
Multiple sources say four people were rescued in the recent incident.
Sahara Reporters claimed that the collapsed building is located at 57 Egerton Square, Oke Arin, Lagos Island.
It was reported that the building had earlier been marked for demolition.
But the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) denied the reports of such incident.
Titi Ajirotutu, the spokesperson of the agency reportedly called the incident minor and added that it could not be described as building collapse, especially since the government was still carrying out demolition of defective structures.
“I was with the team that went about to effect the demolition order this morning.
“There was no issue of building collapsed; what only happened was that some scavengers were scavenging within an already demolished house and it was actually an iron rod they were trying to pull through the rubble but they got injured in the process. So it was a minor incident that happened,” she said as reported by Daily Trust.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state commissioner for health, Jide Idris, said that 20 victims of the Itafaji School building collapse were brought in dead to the General Hospital in the state.
Idris made the fact known during his visit to the hospital on Friday in Lagos. According to him, the corpses have been released to the families for burial.
However, he said that 45 persons survived the collapse and were managed across some of the state health facilities, including Lagos Island General Hospital, Massey Street Children’s Hospital, Onikan Health Centre and the Gbagada General Hospital.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported witnesses and hospital sources said that a pregnant woman, the proprietor of the nursery/primary school and 19 others, including no fewer than 12 pupils died in the collapsed building at Massey Street, Itafaji, Lagos Island, on Wednesday, March 13.
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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said eight persons died, while 34 others were rescued in the wreckage of the building that collapsed at about 10am.
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