Two persons were rescued on Sunday after a storey building under renovation collapsed at No. 36 Adesanya Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.
It was gathered that the incident occurred barely two weeks after a building collapsed in the Magodo area of the state.
Amuwo Parrot learnt that the building was being secretly renovated to avoid being marked by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
Residents stated that the renovation commenced on Friday, while the building caved in on Sunday.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, which confirmed the incident, said no death was recorded.
According to the agency, the injured victims have been evacuated and are responding to treatment.
The Director General, LASEMA, Dr Oke Osanyintolu, who led the response team, said all the buildings adjacent and besides the collapsed structure would be subjected to solid materials testing.
He said, “It was an old building; however, the building will be pulled to ground zero for the safety of the people living in the area.
The people there have been evacuated and the injured are responding to treatment; no death was recorded. All the buildings adjacent and besides the collapsed building will be subjected to solid materials testing.”
The Public Affairs Officer, LASBCA, Mrs Titi Ajirotutu, said the site supervisor, Dada Olaniyi, was arrested on the site by policemen from the Makinde Police Station and had been detained.
The building caved in on Sunday, while the labourers were doing partial demolition on the site. Information gathered revealed that the renovation works commenced around 4pm on Friday in an attempt to avoid LABSCA and get the building renovated to attract buyers.
They were trying to use the opportunity of the weekend to work in order to avoid LABSCA and that was when the building collapsed on the labourers breaking the walls. The state government has brought down the whole building through LASEMA.”