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UPDATE: Old Storey Building Collapses At Ebute Metta

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Tobi Adebayo 

An old story building at No 6 Olonode Street,Ebute Metta, Lagos, has partially collapsed.

The Director-General of Lagos State Environmental Management Agency (LASEMA),
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in a statement on Monday.

Oke-Osanyintolu said investigations revealed that all the slabs of the building were weak, leading to the partial collapse.

“Upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that an old storey building was severely distressed with the reinforcement having corroded resulting in visible cracks on the walls and pillars likely due to a lack of maintenance.

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“Further investigations revealed that all the slabs of the building are weak and as a result part of the building has collapsed.

“Fortunately, there is no loss of life nor injury sustained at the scene. LASEMA responders and LABCA officials are currently at the scene of incident.

“All the occupants have been evacuated and the entire building cordoned off to prevent any secondary incident,” the DG said.

According to LASEMA’s report, investigations and integrity tests carried out revealed that the building was completely compromised.

The report read in part: “Following a directive from the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and subsequent to a complete evacuation of residents, the entire building has been leveled to ground zero in a swift and effective operation.

“Occupants in adjacent buildings have been advised to carry out integrity tests to ascertain whether their buildings have been compromised to prevent any secondary incident. “

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