Two persons are now feared dead after a seven-storey building collapsed in the Lekki area of Lagos state.
Reports say the collapsed building was still under construction when it caved in, early hours of Sunday.
Efforts are on to rescue those trapped in the rubble of the building located at Oba Idowu Oniru Street by Ave Maria Hospital, near Sandfield Bus Stop, Lekki.
Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye both confirmed the incident.
The agencies also confirmed that six persons were trapped and assured search and rescue operations have commenced at the site.
LASEMA said it responded to a distress call at the location at midnight and activated its response plan where six people were reported to have been trapped at the time.
According to Oke-Osanyintolu, “Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, an uncompleted 7-storey building undergoing construction was found to have collapsed. Six people are reported to be trapped under the rubbles of the collapsed structure,”
“The Agency’s heavy-duty equipment excavator will be required for the rescue of the trapped victims. We have activated the Lagos State Response plan. Operation ongoing.”
Operations are still ongoing to rescue more victims from the scene of the building collapse as at press time.