Mr. Michael Akindele, General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, said on Wednesday that no live was lost in the building collapse at Lekki, Lagos on Sept. 22.
Akindele told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the agency’s search and rescue mission was concluded at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that a two-storey building under construction at No. 37 Agungi-Ajiran Road, Lekki collapsed at about 6.30 a.m.
Two persons were rescued alive by residents before the arrival of rescue agencies.
Reports by eye-witnesses reveal that four `okada’ riders sleeping in the building were trapped and this compelled the LASEMA officials to excavate the debris.
‘’We mobilised two cranes to the site and they excavated the debris to the zero level. There was nobody dead or alive found and so the rescue mission was concluded at that point.
‘’The agency’s work as far as the collapse is concerned has ended. Relevant agencies like ministry of physical planning and the Lagos State Building and Control Agency, LASBCA, will continue their work,’’ he said.
Akindele said since the quality of materials used in constructing the building was doubtful, the relevant agency would carry out investigations on the materials.
While it was also gathered that the building was marked by LASBCA on Aug. 11 and notices to stop construction served on the contractors handling the project.