NYSC Lady Among 10 Killed In Lagos Collapsed Building

Richard Ginika Izuora

A serving National Youth Service, NYSC, lady has been identified as one of the casualties in the three-storey mainly residential building that collapsed in Lagos, on Sunday.

The NYSC lady was identified by her father and was said to be holding her phone in her hand.

The incident led to the death of ten persons with 24 rescued alive, 5 still on admission and 19 discharged from the hospitals.

Building collapses are common in Nigeria where millions live in dilapidated structures and construction standards are often flouted.

The three-storey building collapsed late Sunday at Ebute-Metta area of the sprawling city of over 20 million people, Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP.

“The incident happened around 9.30 pm. It was a three-storey building. The ground and first floors were used as warehouse while the second and third floors were residential,” he said.

“We have recovered eight dead bodies while 23 others were rescued with various degrees of injuries. They are receiving treatment in the hospitals,” he said.

Farinloye said rescue efforts were still ongoing at the scene of the incident.

“We have been working since last night to clear the rubble in search of more victims.”

He said the investigation was underway to determine the cause of the latest collapse in the country.

In January, three people, including two children, were killed and another 18 rescued when a church collapsed in southern Delta state.

Building standards have been in the spotlight since a high-rise building under construction collapsed in Lagos in November last year, killing at least 45 people.

Bad workmanship, low-quality materials and corruption to bypass official oversight are often blamed for Nigerian building disasters.

Since 2005, at least 152 buildings have collapsed in Lagos, according to a South African university researcher.

One of those incidents that sparked widespread anger was in 2014 when dozens of people died in a church collapse in Lagos.

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