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NIGERIA: Couple, baby, 4 others die in Lagos building collapse

Couple, baby, 4 others  die in Lagos building collapseTragedy struck this morning when a three-storey building collapsed in Lagos killing a couple, a baby and four others.

According to an eye witness, seven people had been rescued with three others critically injured, from the building located at 29b Oloto Street, off Cemetery Road, Ebute Metta.

The Spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the agency got information that the building started cracking at about 1:30am and finally gave way at about 2:00am.

He confirmed that the rescued victims had been taken to hospitals for treatment.

As of the time of filing this report, emergency workers were still combing the debris for whoever might be trapped.

Also, the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Red Cross, NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the state Fire Service, as well as youths in the area, were helping out,

A rescued resident of the building, Miss Dalikis Abdulamid, 23, while narrating her experience said she was at the balcony of the second floor when the incident happened.

She also disclosed that both her mother and her four siblings were rescued, but had been taken to hospital. According to her, they had been noticing cracks in the walls of their rooms, but their father used to patch these up with cement.

“We did not know that the building will collapse. By about 2:00am when the building came down, some of our co-tenants were trapped, while some were dead,’’ she said.

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