Lagos: Residents escape as building collapses


Residents of a two-storey building on Chris Igadi Street, in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos State escaped death by a whisker when the structure shook before finally collapsing on Saturday.

The residents vacated the premises immediately after the building gave a sign it wanted to collapse.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said no casualty was recorded during the incident, adding that the site of the collapsed structure had been handed over to the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

He said, “The agency responded to the collapsed two-story building on Chris Igadi Street, off Ago Palace Way, opposite Kilimanjaro/ AP filling station, around 3am this morning.

“On arrival, information gathered from the residents revealed that the building gave signs several hours before it collapsed. Fortunately, nobody was trapped as all the occupants evacuated the area when the signs began two hours before the collapse.

“A headcount of occupants was carried out to ensure no occupants was missing and the remains of the building were cordoned off. The operation was concluded around 5:23am. The site will be handed over to LABSCA and Ministry of Physical Planning for further investigation.”