Construction Workers Trapped as Seven-Storey Building Collapses In Banana Island

A seven-storey building under construction has collapsed at First Avenue,  Banana Island, Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

The incident happened on Wednesday around past 3 pm. As reported by Vanguard, an undisclosed number of construction workers have been reportedly trapped under the rubble, though it is believed that the building caved in when some of the construction workers on site had closed for the day. The spokesperson for the Lagos Fire Service and Rescue Service, confirmed the incident.

“We got a call around 3:58 pm. We are currently trying to ascertain the claim that no one was under the rubble.”

Amodu Shakiri, spokesperson for the Lagos Fire Service and Rescue Service

A now viral video shared below, however, shows a number of people on the top deck of the structure as it collapsed. According to an eyewitness, some of the workers jumped just before the building collapsed, while some kids walking around the site narrowly escaped.

The incident is currently under investigation by the state government, who have cited that the building in question was unapproved and the collapse occured during concrete casting.

An unapproved seven-floor building under construction has collapsed in Banana Island, Lagos State, this evening. Few, who sustained injuries are being treated. There is no fatality. This unfortunate incident happened while casting was being done. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, was immediately on site to assess the situation and flag-off investigation. We ask members of the public to remain calm and expect further information from the ministry as we know more.”

Mukaila Sanusi, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State government 

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