Six dead, several others missing as 21-Storey building under construction collapses in Lagos, Nigeria (photos)

“He got an approval for a 15-storey building and he exceeded his limit. I am on ground here and the materials he used are so inferior and terrible.

Six people reportedly died after a luxury residential high-rise under construction in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, collapsed, trapping construction workers under a pile of concrete rubble, the state emergency services chief said.
The official, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said a search and rescue effort had been launched for survivors late on Monday.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, says the owner of the collapsed 21-storey building, under construction in Ikoyi, was given approval to construct only 15 floors.

Mr Oki told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone that the owner of the property has been arrested and would face the law because people have died in the disaster.
“He got an approval for a 15-storey building and he exceeded his limit. I am on ground here and the materials he used are so inferior and terrible.
“The materials he used, the reinforcement, are so terrible. He got approval for 15 floors but built 21.
“I think he has been locked down. He has been arrested before now,” he said.

The GM said four people were rescued and three people died, adding that rescue efforts were still ongoing.

“We are still here and have four machines working as at this moment,” he told NAN.

At least 50 people are reportedly trapped under the rubble after a 21-storey building collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

The building, located at 20, Gerrard Road, collapsed at about 3 p.m. on Monday.

Witnesses said up to 100 people were missing and at least three survivors were pulled out on Monday night as rescue workers raced against the clock to dig up victims at the site in the affluent neighbourhood of Ikoyi, where many blocks of flats are under construction.

Workers said that as many as 100 people were at work when the building came crashing down.

Wisdom John, 28, a bricklayer, said he escaped with just a few cuts because he had been on the ground floor when the building collapsed into a pile of concrete, its floors sandwiching together.
“There [were] more than 50 working today and the manager too,” he said, sitting in an ambulance getting treated. “We just ran out.”
Rescue workers used excavators to dig through rubble using generator-powered floodlights. The retrieved body was put in a waiting van while at least three people who were rescued were taken to nearby ambulances.

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