One person has been confirmed deceased, others injured in a new building collapse in the Ikorodu region of Lagos State on Monday night.
Residents of the neighbourhood rescued two more people from the collapsed two-story structure.
In a statement on Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) South West Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the event and claimed that emergency operations were still on to rescue more trapped victims in the structure.
“Immediately the incident occurred, the local residents within the area mobilised themselves to carry out initial rescue activities. Though, fire service and Police responded but were unable to do much due to the unavailability of equipment to lift the rubble on the suspected location of the trapped victims,” the rescue official said.
He went on to say that the injured people had been transferred to the Ikorodu General Hospital for treatment.
Following the tragedy, the building’s residents were advised to leave to avoid further loss of life or harm.
The rescue mission, however, has been resumed by officials from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Red Cross, among others.
According to reports, occupants of the building located at Lagos Road, Haruna axis of Ikorodu, were earlier told by the officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) to evacuate the building after it failed an integrity test.