The Lagos State Building Control Agency has demolished a two-storey building that partially collapsed on Thursday in the New Garage area of Bariga.
The incident occurred around 7am with residents claiming that the building was old and not properly maintained.
A tenant, Miracle George, while trying to escape, was said to have jumped from the second floor of the building and injured himself in the process.
PUNCH Metro learnt that emergency responders, including personnel of LASBCA, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service and the Nigeria Police Force were able to rescue the other occupants and treated George.
The building being demolished
The General Manager, LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the landlord had issued the tenants with a notice to quit, but they refused to leave the house.
“The landlord does not live in the house; in fact, he told the occupants to leave the house and had served them a notice to quit, but they did not leave. Those, who were rescued when the building collapsed, were the ones still living there,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer, LASBCA, Titilayo Ajirotutu, told our correspondent that the building was identified as distress and was demolished after the partial collapse.
“We have demolished the building; it was already identified as distressed, so since a part had come down, we had to move in and pull down the entire building,” she stated.
The LASEMA boss said no life was lost in the incident, adding that the demolition was supervised by the agency.
Oke-Osanyintolu said, “On arrival at the scene of the incident, an old two-storey building with a penthouse, it was gathered that the collapse occurred around 7am. According to physical assessment, it was observed that the building collapsed as a result of it being distressed and poorly maintained.
“The landlord of the building had served a notice to quit on the tenants but they refused to leave till the building collapsed. However, there was no loss of life, but an adult male was trapped and was rescued by the emergency responders.
“The building has been carefully pulled down to ground zero with the aid of a LASEMA excavator after due consultation with the LASBCA and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory.”
The acting General Manager of the Lagos Fire Service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, said officials of the agency were deployed in the area to rescue the victims.
“We received news of the emergency around 7am and our men got there around 7.14am. Our men left around 2.14pm after spending seven hours. No life was lost, but a man was injured because he jumped down from the building when it was about to collapse. He got injured in his leg and has been taken to hospital,” Adeseye said.