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Nigerian high-rise building collapse in Lagos leaves six dead and dozens missing – ABC News

  • November 23, 2021
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Nigerian high-rise building collapse in Lagos leaves six dead and dozens missing – ABC News

Nigerian high-rise building collapse in Lagos leaves six dead and dozens missing
A 21-storey luxury apartment building under construction in an upscale area of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, has collapsed, killing at least six people and leaving dozens more missing.
The state emergency services chief, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the death toll had risen to six. 
Officials arriving at the scene in the affluent neighbourhood of Ikoyi were confronted by crowds of people venting their anger that rescue efforts started several hours after the collapse.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said it had activated its emergency response plan.
"All first responders are at the scene while heavy duty equipment and life detection equipment have been dispatched," the agency said in a statement.
Olayemi Bello said five of his friends were trapped in the building and he feared the worst.
"All of them are dead," he said.
Construction worker Eric Tetteh said that he and his brother had managed to escape.
But he estimated that more than 100 people were inside the building at the time it crumbled into a pile of debris.
Workers said the high-rise apartment building had been under construction for about two years, and it was not immediately known what had caused the collapse.
However, such incidents are relatively common in Lagos because enforcement of building code regulations is weak.
In 2019, at least eight people died after a school collapsed in Lagos
Other observers blame shoddy work by private developers eager to meet demand for housing in the megacity.
The building was part of three towers being built by private developer Fourscore Homes.
In a brochure for potential clients, the company promises to offer "a stress-free lifestyle, complete with a hotel flair".
The cheapest unit was selling for $1.2 million.
Calls to the numbers listed for Fourscore Homes and the main building contractor did not ring through.
ABC / wires
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