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Two more buildings collapse in Lagos


Fresh facts emerged yesterday on the three-storey  building that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon on 14 Bashiru Street, off Isheri Road, Ojodu Berger, Lagos.

Two dead bodies were recovered from the rubble while another two persons were rescued alive. The survivors had been taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for medical attention. As at 6:40p.m yesterday, the rescue operation was still ongoing.

The rescue operation was carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Physical Planning Commission and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), among others.

The first person that was rescued from the scene on Tuesday evening was not so lucky as he had breathed his last before help came his way. But the second person, Harrisu Madougu, 15, from the Republic of Niger, was rescued alive about 2:00a.m. The third person that was rescued alive was simply identified as Mr. Joe, who is in his early 30s.

The corpse of the fourth victim, Yusuf Sule, a bricklayer, was recovered from the rubble at  about 5:05p.m. The dead body had swollen and his father was at the scene. He was visibly shocked. Unverified reports said he is also the father of Harrisu Madougu.

At about 5:40, representatives of the Hausa community approached the Lagos State Government officials to release the corpse of Sule to them. They came in two trucks and a car. They said Sule must be buried yesterday. The body was released to them and it was conveyed out of the scene.

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