Lagos has again recorded another building collapse which the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA said resulted in the death of two males and two females, while one person was rescued.
The ill-fated three-storey building located at Oye Sonuga street, Palm Avenue, Mushin, which residents say was built about 40 years ago, collapsed in the early hours of yesterday, 23rd September 2022.
Any official statement as to why the building collapsed?
No! Lagos state commissioner for Planning and Urban Development, Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, during his visit to the scene of the collapse, ordered the immediate demolition of the remaining structure for safety reasons and to forestall further collapse, disclosing that the Lagos State Building Control Agency and Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory would open an investigation to determine the cause of the building collapse.
Some occupants of the building told the News Agency Of Nigeria that the building had shown signs of weakness before it fell.
Lagos, theater of building collapse
Building collapse has become a frequent occurrence in Lagos. Earlier in September, a seven-storey building under construction in Victoria Island fell leaving two people dead and many injured. In the last two years, at least 84 people have died in about 18 cases of building collapse in Lagos state.
According to a report by a US-based non-profit organization, Brookings Institution, Lagos recorded about 167 cases of building collapse between the years 2000 and 2021.