Ikoyi, Synagogue; 8 Building Collapses in Nigeria in the Last 15 Years, Costing Lives and Money

Ikoyi, Synagogue; 8 Building Collapses in Nigeria in the Last 15 Years, Costing Lives and Money

  • Building collapse has been a recurrent theme in the last few years in the country, from residential to school and even churches
  • At least, over 100 lives have been lost in the last 15 years, with billions of Naira in investment money lost
  • The most recent event, which occurred on Monday, November 1st in Ikoyi, has stunned many residents in the state

The collapse of a high-rise skyscraper on Monday, November 1, 2021, would be remembered as yet another awful day for Nigerians.

The building which collapses at Gerald Road in the Ikoyi neighbourhood is a construction site for luxury apartments.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Nigerians have been left scratching their heads, wondering what might have been done to prevent the collapse, or waiting for a miracle to emerge from a pile of rubbles.

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There have been countless additional occurrences throughout the years, and Legit.ng has compiled some of the most notable ones that sent horrified chills across the country.

Ikoyi, Church, School 8 times Building Collapsed in Nigeria that cost lives as well as money n Last 15 Years
The collapsed building is located on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi area of Lagos. Photo: Bashir Ibrahim Idris
Source: UGC

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2006 (three incidents)

2006 is considered as one of the most deadly in terms of building collapse as three incidents were reported in the news during the year.

The first occurred on Wednesday, 22 March 2016 at the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank building after a fire had gutted two stories in the building earlier that month.

Report has it that heavy winds during a thunderstorm caused the building to cave in.

On July 18, 2006, another four-story block of flats collapsed in Lagos, leaving at least 25 people dead.

Report has it that the building was under three years old composed of 36 flats.

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Another incident again occurred in November of 2006, after an unfinished, three-story building under construction collapsed. Two construction workers were reported dead.


On 12 September 2014, a guesthouse located within the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) premises around the Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos State collapsed completely to the ground.

The incident sent a shocking wave as more than least 115 people were reported killed of which 84 were South Africans.

2016 (two incidents)

On 8 March 2016, a five-story building collapsed while under construction in Lekki District, Lagos, Nigeria.

The report also has it that at least 34 people were killed while another 13 other people were pulled from the collapsed building alive in a rescue operation that ended late on 10 March.

Also in 2016, another building collapsed on 10 December after the roof of the Reigners Bible Church International, an evangelical congregation, collapsed in Uyo, a city in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, during the ordination of the local bishop.

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At least 23 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster, with other reports stating numbers as high as 160.

Primary school collapse in 2019

On 13 March 2019, a three-story building used for a primary school in the Ita Faaji area of Lagos, Nigeria suffered a structural collapse, killing 20 people and leaving over 40 trapped.

The Governor of Lagos State when the incident happened, Akinwunmi Ambode said the primary school was illegally occupying the building as the building is registered as a residential building.


The latest is the Monday, November 1, 2021, incident that has so far claimed over 6 lives with news of the developer and owner trapped under the rubbles in the news.

Ikoyi Collapse: structure consultant complained about construction Error

A letter reportedly from a formal structural consultant of the Ikoyi building that collapsed on Monday, 1 November 2021 has surfaced online.

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In the letter, the former consultant of the building Prowess Engineering Limited clearly raised a concern about the structure plan of the building.

When it seemed that the consultant's suggestion was not followed, the firm withdrew its service and requested that its trademark be removed from the building.

Source: Legit.ng

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