4 dead, 5 injured as another building collapses in Lagos

4 dead, 5 injured as another building collapses in Lagos

Four people died while five others were injured when a one-story building under construction collapsed on Wednesday at Flourmill Estate, Magbon, near Badagry, Lagos state.

A witness, Oluwagbenga Ogundele, told reporters that the building collapsed on the nine construction workers on site around 3 p.m.

Mr Ogundele, who works as a security guard near the site, told NAN that residents were alerted to the scene by a visitor to the site.

“The visitor was not in the building when it collapsed, it was he who called for help while police from the ‘K’ zone came to rescue them.

“We were able to save five alive because they were crying for help, while four of them died.

“The police, firefighters and our response saved those who survived,” the witness told NAN.

NAN also reports that the five injured workers were taken to the hospital of the Catholic Church in Magbon, while the four corpses were deposited in the morgue of the General Hospital in Badagry.

One of the estate’s elders who spoke on condition of anonymity told NAN the building had been abandoned by the owner for nearly six years before work recently resumed.

“It was recently that a new owner started to build another floor to make it a multi-storey building.

“At around 3 pm we had a loud noise and when we got to the scene the building had collapsed on the workers working inside,” he said.

Ibrahim Farinloye, South West Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, confirmed the incident to NAN.

Mr Farinloye said four people died while five were injured in the collapse.