No fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead and removed from the debris of a 15-storey building that collapsed this afternoon on Gerald Road, Ikoyi, a highbrow area in Lagos State.

SaharaReporters learnt that four others were also rescued from the rubble of the building, identified as 360 Degrees.

Earlier when SaharaReporters contacted NEMA spokesman, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, he said the number of casualties could not be provided as rescue was still ongoing.

“Two people have been rescued alive, but I can’t give a figure about casualties now. I cannot tell of casualties at the moment. It’s a complex situation,” Farinloye had said.

A video made by Arise News showed sympathisers milling around the collapsed building when the tragedy struck earlier.

One of them could be heard saying, “Even the owner of the house, Mr Gbadebo is there.”

But the latest reports revealed that rescue operators comprising officials of NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, police, among others are still making efforts to save other victims.

The building which was still under construction caved in at about 2pm, burying workers at the sight.

Farinloye added that efforts were being made to invite the military to take over the operation.

He said, “Three persons have been brought out alive so far. We don’t know how many are still trapped. Meanwhile, we are moving in the Military to take over operations because it is beyond the capacity of the civil operators.
“We don’t want it to be like the Synagogue case where it took seven to eight days.”

Meanwhile, three persons rescued are currently being treated by the medical team of the Lagos State General Hospital.

Farinloye said the bodies have been moved to a morgue owned by the state government.

“The deceased bodies were pulled out from under the ruble,” he said.
 

 

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