16 Nov Nigeria: Breaking: Two-Story Building Collapse in Lagos Claims Octogenarian’s Life
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a tragic incident reported by Olasunkanmi Akoni, a two-storey building in Lagos collapsed on Thursday morning, resulting in the death of an elderly woman believed to be in her 80s. The unfortunate event took place at number 34 Oloto Street, Borno Way, off Freeman Street, Oyingbo, in the Lagos Mainland Local Government Area.
The unidentified woman lost her life instantly as the building crumbled around 7:45 am on Thursday, according to Mr Kehinde Adeboye, an eyewitness. Immediate response from sympathizers and emergency responders ensued, aiming to assist in managing the dire situation.
Dr Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), confirmed the casualty, clarifying that there were no further reported injuries in the incident. Distress calls were received by the agency around 8:30 am, prompting the arrival of the rescue team at 8:42 am.
Upon reaching the scene, the LASEMA team discovered a two-storey building in a state of partial collapse. Further investigations revealed that an internal suspended beam in a room collapsed at approximately 7:45 am due to the aging and lack of maintenance of the structure, leading to the unfortunate demise of the elderly woman.
As of the latest update at 10 am, a joint rescue team continued the search and rescue operation, while the affected area remained cordoned off, underscoring the ongoing efforts to address the aftermath of this distressing incident.