The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASTMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu on Wednesday said 8 dead bodies were brought out and 15 people have been rescued from the building that collapsed in Lagos. The general manager said the rescue operation, had, however, been put on hold, pending further investigations. He disclosed this while giving update on the rescue operation at the collapsed building site.
The four-storey building collapsed on Tuesday at about 3.00 p.m at Tokunbo, off Odunfa Road, Carrena/Martins Street on Lagos Island. The collapsed building was initially a bungalow before it was converted to a four-storey with a penthouse.
Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said that his team worked all through the night to rescue trapped people.
Tiamiyu said that the account given by the community on the collapsed building was that a telecommunication mast was erected on top of the building.
The LASEMA chief said that, after the rescue and recovery operations, the agency would carry out its investigations to ascertain the cause of the collapse.
He said that the investigation would be done with other emergency management agencies to ensure that the number of families living in the building tallied with the community’s account.
One of the residents of the area, Mr Yusuf Align, blamed the collapse on greed by the landlords.
”They know it is an old building and they allowed one of the communication networks to erect a mast on top of it. Even, if they have paid them N10 million or more, what have they gained now?” he asked