Death toll from Ebute-Metta building collapse rises to 10-Official

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An update released by the Lagos fire and rescue service indicates that at least 10 persons have died after a building collapsed in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos on Sunday evening.

 The three-story building, located at 32, Ibadan street, Ebute Metta, collapsed on Sunday night.

In a statement issued on Monday evening, Margaret Adeseye, director of the Lagos fire and rescue service, said 24 persons were found alive.

“As we achieve Ground Zero of the Search and Rescue Operations, it is to be noted that the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service can account for the following: 24 (twenty four) persons were rescued alive with varying degrees of injury and all in stable condition, including 2 (two) which are responding to treatment,” the statement reads.

“Ten persons recovered suspected dead; 6 (six) males and 4 (four) females.

“All the first and major responders are still collaborating to mop up the incident scene.”

The building, located on Number 24, Ibadan Street, Ebute Meta, was said to have been marked and sealed for demolition by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) due to its precarious state almost two years ago.

The markings meant early warnings were issued to the owner of the building and occupants before the incident occurred.

.In a statement on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with the victims and saluted the courage and determination of the first responders.

He also regretted the frequency of building collapses in the country and urged relevant authorities to do more to halt further reoccurrences.

“President Buhari wishes those injured a speedy recovery and prays for divine assistance in the ongoing search and rescue operations,” the statement signed by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina said.




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