Update on the Lekki building collapse.
At least 34 persons have now been confirmed dead from Tuesday’s five-storey building collapse at Chisco bus stop, opposite Oando Gas Station in the Lekki area of Lagos state with the recovery of sixteen additional bodies, all males.
“Operations concluded at 7.20pm with 34 dead and 13 rescued alive after reaching ground zero,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, from the National Emergency Management Agency, in a statement.
“Investigation on the cause of the collapse has started by various federal and state agencies.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested contractor of the collapsed building, Mr Odofin Taiwo, over the tragic incident.
The fatal collapse occurred after heavy rains in the early hours of Tuesday in the south-eastern district of Lekki, which is home to some of the most expensive real estates in the city.
During preliminary reports, the Lagos state government in a statement indicated that work on the building was illegal.
“The collapsed building was served [a] contravention notice for exceeding the approved floors,” LASG said before it collapsed.
It added: “Investigation is already under way to ascertain the identities of those affected as it is not company policy for site workers to take shelter in uncompleted buildings.”