The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), during an overnight operation on Thursday, rescued five victims in another collapsed building in Ojuelegba area of Surulere.
The Chief Executive Officer, LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed this to newsmen on Friday said the victims were rescued after the building was pulled down to the ground zero about 11 p.m.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the accident occurred at 9.15 p.m., adding that the rescue was in collaboration with the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).
“The most important thing is that, we rescued five people alive while pulling down the building to save lives and property of the residents.
“When we got to the building, we discovered that the building was highly unstable, LASBCA had marked the building on March 25, 2015 and May 21, 2019 while the residents and the landlord were warned to vacate the premises.
“We need to perform, urgently, the construction and re-development of that area because of safety of lives and property. We then have to use our sophisticated equipment to check whether people are under the debris. With our equipment, we pulled down the building to the ground zero,” the chief executive officer said.
Oke-Osanyintolu urged residents in the state to ensure their buildings were properly maintained, adding that emergency was everybody’s business.
He, however, announced plans by the agency to conduct test on all buildings within the area, in order to ensure safety of environment in the locality.
Also speaking to newsmen, the General Manager, LASBCA, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe, said the agency had identified and marked the collapsed building in question in 2015 and 2019. She said that the marking was done after conducting a text which indicated that the property was in distress.
“Our officers visited the building and sealed it to avoid loss of life, investigation showed that some of the tenants caught off the seal notice and continued living in the premises,” she said.
Kosegbe urged the residents to avoid living in a building in distress in their own interest and that of the community in general. She also advised residents and prospective landlords to ensure that they carry out Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) to evaluate the quality of materials used in their building.
A three-storey building at Magodo Phase 1 and another two-storey building had collapsed at No 7, Rufai Street, Ojuelegba about 12 days ago.