By Uju Mbanusi
A three-storey building at 16, Alli Street, Tinubu, Lagos Island, collapse on Wednesday night, killing three of its occupants and injuring many others.
Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the building collapsed on a bungalow beside it at 10:30pm, adding that two persons were brought out dead in the early hours of yesterday.
The source said that the dismembered remains of the third casualty were picked up later in the day by members of the Lagos State Collapsed Buildings Rescue Team.
It was also learnt that the injured persons were reportedly rushed to the Emergency Unit of the LagosIslandGeneralHospital, where some of them were still receiving treatment.
When Vanguard visited the scene, Rescue Team and civil defence team were trying to recover more bodies believed to be trapped in the debris.
Also present were men of Lagos State Civil Defence, and the Lagos State Hospital Emergency teams.
One of the residents, Bisiriyu Oluwaseun Anotu, a 500 Level Business Administration student of the LagosStateUniversity, Ikoyi Campus, who lived on an apartment on the last floor of the building, said “I rushed down only to see what used to be our home in shambles.
“Although we were served notice to vacate the building in August by the Lagos State Government on the ground that the building was not save for habitation, most of us stayed because we had nowhere else to go to, moreover our rent was still running.”
At press time, the whereabouts of the building’s developer, identified as Chief Toulet, was not known.