5 dead and others trapped as Lekki Gardens building collapses


A five storey-building collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, claiming no fewer than five people. The sad event occurred at Lekki Phase one. Five people have been confirmed dead and others feared trapped. Local residents who trooped to the scene say the disaster had long been expected as the developer, Lekki Gardens, allegedly build houses “in a speedy manner”. Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaq Fadipe, had stated that four people have been rescued alive, while search and rescue continues.

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The building is part of house being constructed by Lekki Gardens located at the end of Kushenla road, Chisco bus stop. Eye witnesses told DAILY POST that government ambulances have conveyed both the dead and rescued victims out of the scene at least twice. One of the workers on site, a bricklayer, Victor Suru, a Benin citizen, told our correspondent that his friend, his wife died in the incident. “They owe us for months, the engineer doesn’t give us complete money. Now they are killing us. I came from cotonou to make a living, but look at what has happened.” Another worker, Sunday Agba, lamented how the developer, Lekki Gardens, fill water-logged lands and building almost immediately. “We have no choice but to work. Normally they suppose to leave these lands for years before building on it. But they keep telling us to keep working even though they owe us.” ..None of the officials around was willing to give any update.

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