A four-storey shopping complex constructed by the Ogun State government collapsed with many people feared dead.
The project at the popular Itoku market of Abeokuta caved in yesterday morning, trapping several construction workers, witnesses said.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who arrived at the scene and coordinated the rescue effort, was seen moving from one end of the building to the other to ascertain whether people were still trapped under the rubbles.
It was gathered that the building just caved in with a loud bang, and caught some people suspected to be workers on the site unawares.
A witness said the building collapsed at about 9.00am, as workers were busy at the site. Six people were rescued and immediately taken to the hospital thirty minutes later, the source said.
Rescue efforts have continued more than three hours later, as personnel of the Fire Service, Ogun State Emergency Management Agency, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, work to remove the debris to reach trapped victims.
Mr. Amosun appealed to families of those affected to be patient as efforts were ongoing to save lives of those trapped.
By 12.30pm, the governor said he had directed that a crane be deployed to quicken the rescue effort.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday reliably gathered that Validdus Construction Services, James Town Development and Hakmode Ventures handled the building project.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Dayo Adeneye, has confirmed the development.
Meanwhile, two persons died on Wednesday, May 11, when a wall collapsed on a room in Kwamba, Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State.
A statement issued yesterday in Minna by Alhaji Ahmed Inga, the Director General of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, said two children were the victims.
It added that the mother of the two minors was also injured in the incident that occurred at about 9.30pm.
The statement quoted Inga as saying that the mother of the deceased was responding to treatment, adding that government would take full responsibility of her upkeep.
“The owner of the collapsed wall was given a warning by the neighbours over the poor structure of the wall, but he refused to yield to the advice.
“It was not windstorm that led to the collapse of the wall, but the poor way in which it was built,” Inga was also quoted as saying.
The statement appealed to residents to respect government laws, saying appropriate punishment awaited any act of negligence displayed by owners of buildings or contractors.

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