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Sad tale as seven-storey building collapses in Banana Island

The Lagos State Government through its agency- the state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has confirmed the collapse of an “unapproved” seven-storey building under construction collapsed in Banana Island, Ikoyi area of the state.

The building was reported to have collapsed late yesterday’s afternoon with some workers feared trapped under the rubble.

But in a new development, Director of LSFRS, Mrs. Magret Adeseye, said one of the victims trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building remains missing.

She stated that the seven-storey building that collapsed in Banana Island is one out of the three highrise structures under construction in the area.

Her words “The other two are still standing at nine floors tall, most likely to undergo an integrity test soon.

“Seven rescued alive with varying degrees of injury while one is still trapped as search and rescue operations is still ongoing until ground zero is achieved,” Adeseye stated.

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Also, giving an update on the building collapse, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mukaila Sanusi, said “an unapproved 7-floor building under construction collapsed.”

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Lagos state in a statement confirmed the incident.

It will be reclled that over the past few years, Lagos has been experiencing a recurring trend of building collapse.

On November 1, 2021, a 21-storey building, which was being developed by Fourscore Homes, collapsed in the Ikoyi axis of the state.

Forty-six persons died in the incident while 15 others were rescued. Femi Osibona, the owner of Fourscore Homes, was among those who died in the collapsed building.

In February 2022, a three-storey building collapsed in the Onike area of Yaba, leading to several casualties.

In May 2022, the collapse of a three-storey building in the Ebute-Meta axis of the state claimed at least eight lives.

In September 2022, a seven-storey uncompleted building collapsed at Oba Idowu Oniru street, in the Lekki area of Lagos.

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