Death toll rises in Lekki Gardens’ building collapse

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has confirmed the death of 10 persons and the rescue of another 10 in Tuesday’s building collapse in the State.
LASEMA made the disclosure when DAILY POST returned to the scene at about 4pm.
Our correspondent had visited the scene early in the morning, few hours after the building caved in.

The five-storey structure located at the end of Kushenla road, Chisco bus stop, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki in Lagos, is being developed by Lekki Gardens.
LASEMA General Manager, Mr Michael Akindele, told DAILY POST at the site of the scene that the agency received the news few minutes after the collapse.
“We received calls informing us of the collapse at about 4:40am this morning on our 767 and 112 emergency lines,” he recalled.
“Immediately, LASEMA and other responders including the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service, Red Cross, National Emergency Agency, RRS, Nigeria Police, FRSC, NSCDC, and DSS, mobilized and quickly commenced search and rescue operation as well as security of the area.

“As I speak to you now, 10 male have been recovered and confirmed dead. 10 were rescued alive, including the male you witnessed being brought out. Their remains are with the Lagos State Environment Health Monitoring Unit and will be moved to Mainland Hospital morgue.
“We are working assiduously to get to ground zero to ensure there are no body, dead or alive, trapped under the debris”, he added.
Asked if he had likely figure of those still trapped, Akindele said “We cannot confirm the total number of persons inside the building when the sad incident occurred.”
Earlier, local residents who trooped to the scene said the disaster had long been expected as the developer, Lekki Gardens, allegedly built ongoing and completed houses in the area “in a speedy manner”.
One of the workers on site, a bricklayer, Victor Suru, a Republic of Benin citizen, told DAILY POST that the incident claimed the life of his friend.
“They owe us for months, the engineer doesn’t give us complete money. Now they are killing us. I came from Cotonou to make a living, but look at what has happened. My friend is gone”, he lamented.
Another worker, Sunday Agba, lamented how Lekki Gardens, filled water-logged lands and started building almost immediately.
“We have no choice but to work. Normally, they are supposed to leave these lands for years, before building on it. But they keep telling us to be working, even though they owe us.”​

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