Lagos buildings collapse

Three buildings in three separate locations collapsed in Lagos on 7 May, causing the deaths of at least two people and injuring several others.

A three-storey building on Bashiru St in the northern district of Ojodu Berger collapsed causing the deaths of one of the construction operatives working there at the time. The building, which housed a Pentecostal church, had been undergoing reconstruction and several workers were trapped under the rubble. About 24 hours after the collapse, the rescue team saved one of the trapped men.

Another building caved in on Shogbemu St in the east Lagos district of Bariga, killing one person while two others were rescued.

A third building collapsed in the Ejina district of Ikorodu, to the east of Lagos. The three-storey building, which housed several shops on the first floor, was believed to have been undergoing construction work. Local reports suggest that the same building had recently been marked for demolition and that further construction work had not been sanctioned officially.

Rescue operations in Lagos were carried out by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).

Also on 7 May, a four-storey building under construction at Lokoja in central Nigeria collapsed causing serious injuries to three people.