Saturday, 26 April 2014

Emergency Responders Rescue 10 From Collapsed Building in Lagos

 A combined team of security operatives and emergency responders led by the police on Thursday rescued about 10 persons who were trapped under the rubbles of a collapsed building at the Oworonshoki area of Lagos.

The two-storey building located at 11 Sand Beach Lane, off Longe Street, Oworonshoki, Lagos, which is still under construction, was said to have collapsed at about 11am, trapping all those working on the site as at the time of the incident.

Although no life was lost incident as a result of the timely arrival of rescue workers from both the State and Federal Government, some of those who were trapped and later rescued sustained varying degree of injuries.

At the last count, those trapped were four teenagers identified as 12-year-old Monday Ahungbe, 13-year-old Jimoh Adebiyi, 14-year-old Oba Alafia and 15-year-old Moses Atokiti, who were assisting the six adult construction workers.

It was gathered that already the owner of the collapsed building and the contractor in charge are allegedly on the run, to evade possible arrest by the authorities.

As at press time, policemen from Oworonsoki have condoned off the entire area to prevent hoodlums from capitalising on the chaos to loot people's properties.

Confirming the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Spokesperson, South-west, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the timely intervention of NEMA, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), policemen and operatives of the National Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), saved the lives of the victims.

He said although the teenagers sustained minor injuries and were being attended to at Folabi Medical Centre, Oworonshoki, two of the construction workers who sustained major wounds were rushed to the intensive care unit of Gbagada General Hospital.

Also, LASEMA Spokesperson, Kehinde Adebayo, said the  casualties are currently being treated at the government-owned hospital freely at the instance of the state government.

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