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More victims pulled from rubble after Nigeria high-rise collapse

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People gather after a 21-Storey building collapsed in upmarket Ikoyi in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital and most populous city.

NIGERIA: Rescuers in Lagos have dug through rubble searching for survivors a day after a luxurious high-rise building collapsed in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The 21-storey building was still under construction when it fell abruptly into a pile of concrete slabs on Monday.

Officials on Tuesday put the death toll to at least 15, with scores still reported missing or trapped under the rubble.

Emergency services used earthmoving equipment to lift chunks of masonry at the site in the affluent neighbourhood of Ikoyi after torrential rains pounded Lagos overnight and briefly stopped the search.

“We have recovered more bodies. The death toll now stands at 15, while nine were pulled out alive,” Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Farinloye earlier said rescue workers had been communicating with other survivors still trapped under the rubble. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement late Monday urged “the authorities to step up efforts in rescue operations” for the victims.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said he had suspended the head of the state building regulatory agency and ordered an independent panel to launch an investigation.

“We wish to state there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth in this incident,” he said in a statement.


Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 01:00

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