15 persons so far rescued from collapsed building site in Lagos — Officials

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Some 15 construction workers have so far been rescued alive from a building collapse site at 2/4, Richard Abimbola Street, Off Limca Road, Ire-Akari Estate, Lagos, which gave way at about noon on Thursday.

This was confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Spokesman (South-West Zone) of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), which is coordinating ongoing rescue operations at the venue of the incident.

He explained that the three-storey building under construction at the site suddenly collapsed at about noon, trapping many of its construction workers.

The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, also told NAN that all the 15 victims so far rescued from the debris were being rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, for treatment.

He, however, added that no death had so far been recorded, and that all those rescued so far were workers at the site.

“As at 5.15 p.m., rescue operations are still ongoing. We have NEMA, the Lagos State Management Agency (LASEMA), the Police, and officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, all involved in the operations,” he said.

NAN could, however, not immediately ascertain the number of workers at the construction site when the incident happened.

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Afolabi Adesola is a Nigerian based financial journalist that has the passion for demystifying figures to tell clearer business stories. During her free time, she reads journals and novels. She loves watching movies, and Nigerian sitcoms. She co-runs a mini NGO #ProjectSALT, setup in support of today’s African Lady.

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