Thunderstorm brings five-storey building down in Lagos

The early Sunday morning downpour has wreck havoc in Lagos as a five storey building collapsed at the sound of a thunderstorm.

The five-storey building on 43 Ladipo Oluwole road, Apapa GRA, it was learnt was under construction.

Reports available with newsmen indicate that the building partially caved in after a thunder strike occurred during the rainfall that lasted for hours in the state.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the development in the state said an official of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Adeniyi Adebiyi, said that the property was served several notices to prevent its collapse but the owner turned them down and continued with the construction.

Oke-Osanyintolu said the building has been sealed by the government to prevent further casualties at the site.

A Volunteer with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp in Ajeromi Ifelodun LCDA, Asimiyu Tiamiyu, who was among the early emergency officials at the scene, said that there was no casualty recorded in the incident.

According to him, all the workers at the site of the collapsed building had embarked on Sallah break, reason why no one was involved in the incident.

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