Three persons have died and nine injured, after a building collapsed on Freeman Street, Lagos Island area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that the three-storey building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday, when the occupants were still asleep.
Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the tragic incident.
According to him, the remains of the dead victims have been deposited at the mortuary, while the injured are being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.
Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the victims include a child and two adults, adding that the agency is moving the unstable structure to ground zero.
“We were able to rescue nine people alive and we sympathise with the people that lost their loved ones in there. We recovered three bodies. The three bodies that were rescued have been deposited in the mortuary.
“It is pertinent to note that we have served these people for over three months ago. The building controlling agency was there to serve them. The material testing did the needful in terms of doing the integrity test of this structure and it failed,” he said.
Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), Ministry of Physical planning, Nigeria Police, among other emergency workers, were at the scene of the building collapse.
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