The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) today confirmed that over 50 people have been rescued from beneath the debris of the collapsed building in Itafaji, Lagos Island.
This was according to a statement by the General Manager, Adeshina Tiamiyu who explained the number of casualties cannot be ascertained until the rescue operation is over.
“So far, we have been able to rescue over 40 people. When we finish the rescue operation we can give an accurate number of the victims in collaboration with the medical personnel,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Elkana Bala said 50 pupils and eight tenants had been rescued with the zonal spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye estimating the rescued at 37 whilst the dead stood at eight.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who immediately visited the scene of the accident described the incident as unfortunate and appealed to residents to allow rescuers to carry out their operations without any hindrance
He stated, “I want to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up the rescue operation.
“Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more trapped victims.”
The governor also gave the assurance that the state government would take over the treatment and foot the bills of the victims.