Tragedy: Nine Killed, Five Injured In Lagos

Tragedy: Nine Killed, Five Injured In Lagos
  • As building collapse, tanker explosion rock again

Abdulkadir Umoru, Lagos

Four construction workers were killed yesterday while five others sustained injuries when another building under construction collapsed at Flourmill Estate, Magbon, near Badagry, Lagos State.

A witness, Oluwagbenga Ogundele, confirmed that the building collapsed on the nine construction workers on site around 3:pm.

Ogundele, who works as a security guard near the site, reported that residents were alerted to the scene by a visitor, who came to the site.

“The visitor was not in the building when it collapsed, it was him that called for assistance while policemen from Area ‘K’ came to rescue the”, he said.

“We were able to rescue five alive because they were calling for help, while four of them gave up the ghost.

According to Ogundele, it was the combined efforts of the Police, Fire Brigade and the residents’ interventions that salvaged those that survived”.

AljazirahNigeria authoritatively reports that the five injured labourers were taking to Catholic Church Hospital, Magbon, while the four dead bodies had been deposited at Badagry General Hospital mortuary.

This newspaper visited the hospital and the mortuary attendance confirmed the bodies brought to be five bodies from the building collapse.

In an interview with one of the sympathizers on ground who spoke on condition of anonymity, informed our team that the building was abandoned by the owner for about six years before work resumed on it recently.

“We learnt that the former owner sold and It was recently that a new owner started building another floor on top to make it a storey building.

“At about 3p.m; we heard a loud sound and when we got to the scene, the building had collapsed on the labourers working in it”, he said. Meanwhile, Nigeria has continued to witness an unenviable status as the world’s worst affected by building collapse. It is given that building failure occasioned by collapse is not a sphere in which Nigeria is isolated. World over, there are records of buildings reaching ground zero from natural and other causes. Where the reason stems from natural causes, it often elicits a different response from when it stems from negligence with the very many adjuncts of poor and sub-standard materials, poor oversight from regulatory officials, failure of clients and contractors to align among other professional issues.

It is also on record that the last building collapse in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State killed scores, over forty, as at the last count.  Among those that died in the 21-storey Ikoyi building were the owner of the building and his developer, even his friend who visited. This attracted wild condemnation by governments, regulatory authorities as well as stakeholders.

In another development the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Ogun Sector Command, says five people died in the early hours of Wednesday as a petrol tanker burst into flames on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state Sector Commander, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed this in a statement he issued to newsmen in Abeokuta.

Umar said that the accident occurred at 4:46 a.m near Tunji Alegi Filling Station, Kwakyama area, Ogere.

He said that the cause of the accident could be wrongful overtaking and dangerous driving on the part of the petrol tanker driver.

According to him, the tanker collided with a moving truck, resulting in the fire.

The sector commander said that the bodies of the deceased were recovered from one of the crashed trucks and were burnt beyond recognition.

He added that they had been deposited at a morgue in Ipara.

“The FRSC wishes to inform the motoring public of the fire incident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which occurred in the early hours of today, involving a petrol tanker laden with Premium Motors Spirit , PMS,  around Tunji Alegi Filling Station, Kwakyama Area of Ogere.

“This development calls for caution as the spill has affected some other vehicles parked at the shoulder of the road’’, he said.

Umar said that five vehicles were involved in the inferno, and urged motorists to cooperate with traffic managers to reduce hours spent in traffic.

He also said that fire fighters at Sagamu, Police Traffic Division at Ogere and Gateway Police Station, Old Tollgate, Ogere, had been contacted.

He said that traffic had been diverted to avoid more crashes and further loss of lives and property on the road.

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