At least three persons were confirmed dead, nine others rescued and several others currently trapped under the rubbles of a three-storey building around Lagos Island, Lagos, which collapsed early on Saturday.
It was gathered that the building sited on 7, Freeman street collapsed on the 12 occupants at about 04-05hrs on Saturday and leaving them trapped under its rubble.
Efforts by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other emergency agencies led to the rescue of nine occupants, which included a 7-year-old boy, six adult males, and two females.
They were given pre-hospital care by LASEMA and Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) in order to stabilize their health conditions, before being rushed to hospitals by the combined team.
While nine persons escaped death, three others were not that lucky. One of the three bodies recovered from the rubble was said to be a child that was asleep when the three-storey building caved in.
The dead were identified as 9-year-old Abdusalam Balogun, a 6-year-old girl (yet to be identified) and an adult female, all of whom were handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU). They have been transported to the mortuary.
On completion of the exercise, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the tragic incident in a statement made available to newsmen.
He stated that the remains of the dead victims had been transported to the mortuary, while the nine injured were being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.
“The Agency responded to emergency calls on the above -captioned incident. Upon arrival at the incident scene at 0405hrs this morning, a 3-storey building was discovered to have totally collapsed on people asleep inside.
“Nine victims have been extricated from the rubble alive while three bodies were recovered dead. Their remains were transported to the mortuary by SEHMU while pre-hospital care has been administered to the Nine victims by LASEMA and LASAMBUS”.