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Lagos evacuates residents as 3-storey-building caves in

By OLASUNKANMI AKONI

LAGOS—Another disaster was averted, yesterday, in the Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos State, when occupants were evacuated from a distressed three-storey building on Ajayi Road, Ogba, Aguda, were evacuated.

The building caved in following a downpour at the weekend.

The quick response of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, saved hundreds of residents, who would have been affected had the building collapsed on them.

When Vanguard visited the emergency alert site, the occupants of the building, said to have been constructed over 30 years ago, were seen hurriedly packing their belongings amidst tight security to avoid looting.

It was gathered that the  situation was made worse by last Sunday’s downpour in the area, which shook the foundation of the building,

A resident at the area, Mr. Wale, who spoke with Vanguard, said they had complained several times  to the landlord through the caretaker on the need to carry out rehabilitation work on the building without response.

However, the property owner was unavailable for comment at press time but the caretaker,  who did not mention his name, agreed to the bad state of the building, upon which he advised the occupants to vacate it.


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