An elderly woman and a 15- year old boy were among those rescued from the rubbles of a 3 storey building collapse yesterday at Odunfa street, Lagos Island.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the building collapsed at about 10am left many people trapped under the rubble.
Confirming the unfortunate incident, the South West spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said that Five persons were rescued alive which included an elderly woman and a boy of about 15 years.
He said that no death has been recorded while search by the agencies continues.
Some of the rescued victims were rushed to the Sura Health Centre on the Island for treatment.
An eyewitness told NAN that four of the trapped victims had been rescued alive.
General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LABSCA, Mr. Sola Adeigbe, told NAN at the scene that the collapsed building had been served notice to undergo a non-destructive integrity test.
Adeigbe said the test was to ascertain the structural stability of the building in order to know if it could be renovated or re-engineered.
“Once a building has been detected to have a defect, we ask building owners to take the test before further actions are taken.
“We gave an ultimatum for the test which had expired before today; they responded by saying they will do the test but unfortunately the incident just occurred.
“The law is explanatory enough; if only our people will comply; it is like a suicide mission when people occupy a distressed building.
“The agency has sealed about 1,104 buildings from June till date across the state due to defective or illegal construction,’’ he said.
General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Micheal Akindele, said that the rescue was prompt due to effective activation of all emergency agencies to the scene.
“We got distress call about 9 a.m. and we immediately activated all emergency agencies including Fire Service, the Nigeria Police and Civil Defence, for effective service.
“However, the rescue operation is still ongoing, we are using all our equipment and officials to monitor the sounds underneath while the excavator is removing the concrete and blocks.
“This will ensure thorough search to ascertain that there are no more people underneath the building,’’ Akindele said.

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