Collapsed Building in Lagos, Nigeria

It was another tale of woes in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city when a three-storey building collapsed killing at least 2 persons and leaving 14 other persons injured. The tragedy occurred on Monday at No 24 Daddy Alaja Street, off Issa Williams Street, in Apongbon area of Lagos state.

Information reaching the public is that the three-storey building was undergoing renovation with people inside when it collapsed.

As soon as the incident occurred rescue agencies including the fire service were called in to salvage the situation. It is gathered that these agencies are responsible for keeping the number of fatalities low as they gallantly battle to rescue many trapped persons who were buried in the rubble.

Up till today, the rescue operation is still going on though no more bodies are expected to be recovered. The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu confirmed the death of the 2 persons and the rescuing of 14 persons.

A Caterpillar Moving Rubbles From a Collapsed Building

He further revealed that the rescued persons are currently receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. It is not certain what caused the latest incident as it could not be immediately ascertained without proper structural analysis of the building to check if it complied with Lagos State building standards.

However, it is strongly believed that the cause of this incident is not different from the previous ones which occurred within the last one month. The previous buildings were said to have collapsed because of the use of inferior and inadequate materials especially iron rods and cement in building them. They were also said to be structural and mechanical defective. One of them was said to have been hurriedly built without piling which was necessary for its foundation to be solid.

It would be recalled that about 3 incidents of building collapse have been recorded in Lagos within the last one month. Just one week ago at Cole Street, Ebute Metta area of Lagos, a two –storey building collapsed injuring a woman. fortunately, no life was lost.

Three weeks ago at Ilasamaja area of Lagos, a three- storey building collapsed killing four people. Also about a month, ago a two-storey building under construction was reported to have collapsed in Lekki area of Lagos killing two people.

A human rights commentator Mr. Babatunde Anjorin blamed the frequent buildings collapse on the management and staff of Lagos State town planning department especially the department in charge of inspection and enforcement. The activist accused the town planners of corruption and collusion with fraudulent landlords and developers in circumventing laid down rules and regulations concerning building plan approvals.

“Because of a token of a bribe, these corrupt officials look the other way while unscrupulous landlords put up illegal and unfit structures at the detriment of the lives of hundreds of people” he stated.