The Lagos State Government, via the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, confirmed the collapse of an “unapproved” seven-story building under construction in the state’s Banana Island, Ikoyi area.
The structure was said to have collapsed late Wednesday afternoon, with some workers possibly trapped beneath the rubble.
It was also reported that the incident occurred on First Avenue, which is home to some of Nigeria’s wealthiest residents.
NEMA confirms incident
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Lagos state in a statement confirmed the incident.
- It stated, “A report of a storey building under construction was just received at Banana Island. Workers trapped. We are mobilising to respond.’’
According to reports, the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development stated only a few people sustained injuries as there was no fatality.
The ministry’s Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi, said,
- “Few who sustained injuries are being treated. There is no fatality. This unfortunate incident happened while casting was being done.’’
He noted that the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, visited the site “immediately” to assess the situation and flag off the investigation.
- He said, “We ask members of the public to remain calm and expect further information from the ministry as we know more.’’
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