The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) on Sunday said a two-storey and four-storey building beside each other collapsed in the Kosofe area.
In a statement, the permanent secretary of the agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that the collapse happened at No 47-49 Oduntan Street, Kosofe, Lagos.
“Upon arrival of the agency’s responders at the scene, a two-storey building and a four-storey building situated beside each other were found to have collapsed at the aforementioned address. Investigation conducted by the response team revealed that the collapse could be attributed to ageing and poor maintenance on the part of the owner.
“Further investigation revealed that the staircase of the building caved in. Unfortunately, a male adult fell due to the impact of the collapse from the topmost floor and has been taken to the hospital,” said the LASEMA statement.
The buildings’ residents were asked to vacate the building under the supervision of the combined team of LASEMA, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), to avert further any “secondary incidents,” said LASEMA.
The agency said the building would be pulled down as it had failed the structural integrity test, as confirmed by a LASBCA official at the scene.
“With this, the building is a threat to the public and adjoining buildings,” said Mr Oke-Osanyintolu.
He said the agency’s response team and paramedics, RRS, LABSCA and LNSC were at the incident scene to salvage the situation.