One rescued as two-storey building collapses at Bariga

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One person was on Thursday rescued in a two-storey building that partially collapsed at Bariga, Lagos.

The building, located at 24, Adio Street, went down around 7am.

The incident occurred a few days after a two-storey building also partially collapsed in the same community.  The incident happened on Sunday.

It was gathered that nobody died, but a man was trapped and later rescued by emergency responders, including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency’s (LASEMA’s)  response team, Lagos State Fire Service, Nigeria Police, Bariga environmental team , Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS).

The building has been demolished and sealed off.

Confirming the incident, LASEMA General Manager Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the building with a penthouse collapsed around 7am.

He said it had been sealed off to prevent disaster, adding that occupants of adjoining buildings have been advised to stay away from the site.

The Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Kolade Alabi, has directed the LCDA’s environmental team to carry out integrity test on buildings in the area.

He said any building that failed the test would be demolished.

“We have to do this because we cannot wait till lives are lost before we act,” Alabi added.

He said: “The information we gathered from the landlord of the collapsed building was that the tenants had been served quit notice for more than six months, and the Bariga LCDA environmental department, having seen the condition of the building, has equally recommended that the occupants should vacate the building. However, just over 70 per cent of the occupants complied with this directive before the building collapsed.”

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