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Scores Cheat Death As Another Building Collapses In Lagos

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Barely ten days after a three storey building collapsed in Lagos Island killing 20 pupils Ohen primary school and an adult in Ita- faji area of the state , scores of residents on Monday cheated death as another three-storey building located on 50 Kakawa Street, Lagos of Island also collapsed destroying property worth millions of Naira.

It was gathered that occupants of the ill-fated building which caved in around 1 pm were evicted on Friday after the agency identified the structure as weak and distressed.

It also learnt that the building was one of the 80 distressed structures said to be identified and marked building for demolition by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA).

The agency warned against unlawful demolition of distressed building by the owners.

As at the time of filing this report, many residents have thronged to scene of the collapse site to watch the evacuate property trapped in the rubble.

Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Engineer Lekan Shodiende, said that no life was lost in the incident, saying that occupants had been evacuated since Friday.

He warned against illegal demolition of distressed buildings by the owners, saying they must also get government approval before they pull down any structures

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has urged occupants of marked distressed buildings across the State to immediately vacate them pending the arrival of the demolition team of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye said, “The building in question had been identified as distressed by the officers of the LASBCA and all the necessary statutory notices had been duly served. It was one of the defective structures marked for removal by the Agency.

“Fortunately, occupants had been evacuated before the incidents occurred. Immediately, the Lagos State Rescue Team and LASBCA were alerted and they moved to site promptly to check all adjoining buildings so as to evacuate the occupants to avoid any further hazards.”

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