A one-storey building, known as Agboye Estate on Oduntan Street in Ketu, Lagos, has collapsed, putting the lives of over 800 residents at risk. The catastrophe unfolded as a section of the building crumbled during heavy rainfall on Saturday, followed by a subsequent collapse on Sunday, as residents desperately tried to save their belongings.
Originally a private school, the building was recently transformed into a residential facility by its owner. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a deafening noise as a significant portion of the structure gave way. Thankfully, residents were quick to evacuate, and as of now, there have been no reported casualties.
Ibrahim Farinloye, the Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the incident. He stated that it was a partial collapse, explaining, “Two persons had partial injuries and are responding to treatment. It was a school turned residence housing more than 500 people. It partially caved in on Saturday afternoon.”
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for regular building inspections and adherence to safety regulations to prevent such tragic events in the future. Authorities are now on-site to assess the extent of the damage and ensure the safety of the remaining structure.