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Sunday, July 17, 2011

New building collapse in Lagos leaves two dead, Six Injured

TWO persons have been confirmed dead, while about six others sustained injuries following the collapse of a storey building at No. 18 Doyin Omololu Street, Ketu, Lagos, on Friday evening.


It comes exactly nine days after the collapse of a four-storey building at No. 4 Mogaji Street, Idumota/Ebute-Ero area in Lagos Island, which killed over 15 people and left over 35 injured.

Cases of collapse building are high in Lagos State following series of building collapse during the past months.
Meanwhile, Governor Fashola has allayed the fears of Lagos residents, following warning by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a United States of America-based agency, that Lagos is under threat of a 20-meter tsunami, saying this part of the world is not prone to earthquakes.

Eyewitnesses said the building collapsed because the landlord attempted to construct an additional floor on the structure.

The collapse occurred at about 4.30pm when construction was ongoing.

Two other occupants of the building and a baby sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital by the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA).

Speaking to newsmen after an inspection of the site yesterday, Commissioner for Information, Aderemi Ibirogba, who confirmed casualty figures, said the state government will no longer compromise on defective buildings, revealing that the governor, Babatunde Fashola, has ordered demolition of all structurally unstable buildings in the state.

He blamed the incident on the selfishness of the landlord, describing materials used in the construction as sub-standard.

Ibirogba said that the Ministry of Physical Planning is carrying out structural stability test on surrounding buildings in the area, adding that government will not hesitate to demolish any one found wanting.

Fashola said there is no reason for undue alarm over any tsunami, appealing to those sending messages via SMS to desist from doing so.

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