Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has said the death toll in the Ebute-Metta building collapse has risen to eight.
It said out of the eight, 5 were males while 3 were females. LASEMA were, however, able to rescue 22 male adults from the rubble of the collapsed building.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on the Facebook page of the Agency on Monday.
The statement read, “The Agency received a distress call at 9:50pm on Sunday, 1st May, 2022 regarding a collapsed building at Ebute-Metta East, 24, Ibadan Street, off Muritala Mohammed Way.
“The Agency activated its Emergency Response Plan by deploying its search and rescue operatives along with the Agency’s heavy-duty and light-duty equipment for prompt, effective and efficient rescue operations.
“However, the swift response of the Agency’s rescue team ensured a lot of lives were saved. 22 male adults were rescued alive who sustained different degrees of injury and were immediately given pre-medical treatment by the Agency’s Paramedics before being taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH Ikeja, for further medical treatment.
“Unfortunately, 5 male adults and 3 female adults have been recovered dead from the rubbles.
“The Permanent Secretary LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu calls on the good people of Lagos to ensure strict adherence to the Lagos State building codes and desist from occupying buildings that have been marked for demolition.
“Search and Rescue Operation still ongoing.”