Not less than two weeks after a five-storey building collapsed in Lagos killing at least 34 and several others injured in Lekki Gardens, another storey building located at 9 Alli close, Mile 12, of the state has collapsed around 8:45 am on Saturday, killing a 47-year-old woman.
The general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Michael Akindele, while confirming the incident, attributed the collapse to poor maintenance of the building.
In a statement made available to pressmen, he said: “It was a partial collapse which affected the balcony of the building”.
“One female victim was killed and the building has been condoned off for safety. The agencies on ground include LASEMA,ERT, Lagos state fire service and the Nigerian police force, alapere division.
“Investigation and assessment conducted revealed that the building had shown sign of distress as some portion of the balcony was caving in.
“The 47-year-old woman sustained bodily injury and died on her way to the hospital. The occupant of the 16-room building have been evacuated and the building condoned off for safety.”
The recent tragedy came barely two weeks after a building collapsed at Lekki, killing 34 persons.
The collapse led to the charging of the contractors and owners of Lekki Gardens to court by the Lagos state government.
The government also sacked the general manager of the Building Control Agency (LASBCA), and three other officials of the agency.
It further led to an order by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that ”all residents living in houses built by Lekki Gardens vacate their homes as integrity test is to be carried out on each building to determine its safety.”