Seven dead bodies have reportedly been evacuated from the debris of the collapsed 21-storey building on Gerald Road, Ikoyi area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The collapsed building had earlier been closed by Lagos State building authority in June 2020 after structural engineers alerted Lagos State of the default in construction and also withdrew their services from the owner.
Rescue operation is currently ongoing, with emergency responders battling to save the lives of those trapped in the debris.
But the sad news is that about seven dead bodies have been evacuated from the remains of the building so far, with more still expected.
Reports have it that seven dead bodies have been evacuated so far.
The source said since they had been working, nobody has been brought out alive from the debris, but admitted that few people were rescued before emergency responders arrived the scene.
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Hamzat, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako; Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, among others have arrived the scene.
Hamzat has not yet granted interview to newsmen as he took time to access the ruins.
Emergency responders mobilised to the scene of the collapse few minutes after it occurred. There are large number of onlookers and sympathisers at the scene.
The owner of the building is not yet ascertained, but unconfirmed sources said he was among those trapped in the debris. However, calls to his phone has remained unanswered.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, red cross, police and others are still at the scene.
Director General, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said emergency responders were on top of the situation.