Jos building collapse
Building collapse
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has revealed that tenants of the partially collapsed building in the Bariga area of the state were warned before hand but failed to heed the warning.
Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the General Manager of LASEMA, said a quit notice was served on the occupants of the building located at 24, Adio Street, but they refused evacuating.

“On arrival at the scene of the incident, an old two-storey building with a penthouse, it was gathered that the collapse occurred around 7am.

“According to physical assessment, it was observed that the building collapsed as a result of it being distressed and poorly maintained.

“The landlord does not live in the house; in fact, he told the occupants to leave the house and had served them a notice to quit, but they did not leave. Those, who were rescued when the building collapsed, were the ones still living there.

“The landlord of the building had served a notice to quit on the tenants but they refused to leave till the building collapsed. However, there was no loss of life, but an adult male was trapped and was rescued by the emergency responders.

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“The building has been carefully pulled down to ground zero with the aid of a LASEMA excavator after due consultation with the LASBCA and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), it will be recalled, pulled down the building on Thursday last week.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the agency, Titilayo Ajirotutu, “We have demolished the building; it was already identified as distressed, so since a part had come down, we had to move in and pull down the entire building.”

 

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