building collapsesFifteen persons were reported killed and several others injured when a five-storey building under construction, yesterday, collapsed at the Lekki Phase One area of Lagos.
Confirming the incident, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, South-West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, said that 15 persons were killed while 11 persons were rescued alive from the rubbles.
Farinloye said that the incident happened around 4:10am during a thunder storm that was followed by a heavy downpour.
He said an alert was received around 4:20am about the building collapse and mobilised resources and personnel to the 5 storey building, which collapsed at Chisco Bus stop opposite Oando Lekki Phase One, explaining that rescue operation was being conducted by NEMA, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service, Rapid Response Squad, Civil Defence Corps, Merchant Navy and the Police.
Also, a statement by the management of Lekki Gardens, owners of the facility who confirmed the ugly incident made available to Nigerian Pilot said the unfortunate incident occurred about 4a.m in the morning, at one of its ongoing residential estate projects in Lekki, Lagos, explaining that the company is cooperating with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Lagos State Government, Fire Service and Lagos State Police, to speed up rescue efforts as well as ascertain if there are others still trapped in the facility.
The management added that investigation was already underway to ascertain the identities of those affected, disclosing that those affected were site workers who took shelter in the uncompleted structures.
The statement said, in line with the usual safety standards of the company, all sites were expected to be closed by 6pm daily, adding that it is mandatory that every worker leaves at that time.
It further explained that it is not the policy of the company for site workers to take shelter in uncompleted buildings and that the building in question was under construction and was meant to house a number of apartment units before work had been suspended in January 2016 over reported structural defects.
It disclosed that a contractor was hired for the completion of the building project and is supposed to be completed in June 2017.
“After preliminary structural assessments, we discovered that the building had some structural defects and immediately had to take the following actions; halted construction works on the said building, dismissed the contractor and revoked all construction jobs assigned to his company for not implementing standard safety and structural procedures on-site.
“We have also initiated steps to further reassess all construction tasks assigned to him and his company,” the statement explained.
While the exact cause of the collapse was yet to be ascertained as at the time of going to the press, all incident response procedures had been initiated, and support services mobilised as relevant authorities had also been advised.
“The management and staff of Lekki Gardens sincerely express sympathy with the families of those who lost their lives. The company will do all in its power to ensure that those injured are fully supported,” the statement added.

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