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Ebute Meta Collapsed Building: Death Toll Hits 8


 •Rubble of the collapsed building


| The Daily Crucible | Monday, May 2, 2022

Two more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the collapsed three-storey building at Ebute Meta, Lagos,  bringing the death toll to eight.

The deceased, comprising five males and three females, were all recovered Monday morning, hours after the building caved in on thr occupants.

It was learnt that the owner of the building had earlier asked all occupants to quit when he noticed distress on the structure but the tenants refused to relocate.

The man, who said he inherited the property from his father, told emergency workers at the scene that he had to vacate the house and rented accommodation nearby when it was discovered to be defective.

He said he gave all the tenants notice to quit the building and did not collect rent on it since then.

The three-storey building reportedly came down on Sunday night at 32, Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos, after creeking sounds were heard.

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service also announced the collapsed structure late Sunday, saying rescue operations have begun.

The announcement read, “An alert of a collapse of a three storey building by 32 Ibadan Street, Ebute Meta was received at 21:48 hours, Sunday with Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service already at the scene.

“Search and Rescue ongoing with updates to follow, please.”

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, twenty persons have been rescued alive while two who sustained severe injuries were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

 “Twenty rescued alive out of the victims rescued two sustained severe injuries and have been taken to LASUTH for further treatment," LASEMA permanent secretary, Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

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