Lagos building collapse: Four dead as rescue operations continue

At least four persons have died after a high-rise building collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos on Monday.

Some five persons have also been rescued alive as rescue operations intensified into the night.

More people are believed to still be trapped in the rubble.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said it was fully on ground with “heavy duty equipment and life detection equipment have been dispatched.”

Lagos State police commissioner Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu said it was still too early to determine the cause of the collapse.

“Many workers are trapped under the rubble,” said Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, LASEMA’s General Manager.

Four other construction workers at the site said dozens of their colleagues were inside when the building crumbled.

“Like 40 people were inside, I see 10 bodies because I climbed up,” said Peter Ajagbe, 26, one local worker on the site.

“One of my partners is dead.”

Taiwo Sule, 21, another worker, said he had seen five bodies on top of the collapsed building, where he had tried to help recover them.

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