A seven-storey building under construction has collapsed in Banana Island, Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
The incident happened on Wednesday around past 3 pm.
The building caved in when some of the construction workers on site had closed for the day.
Some of them were however injured as a result of the collapse.
The spokesperson for the Lagos Fire Service and Rescue Service, Amodu Shakiri, confirmed the incident.
He said, “We got a call around 3:58 pm. We are currently trying to ascertain the claim that no one was under the rubble.”
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office of the National Emergency Management Agency, confirmed the development on Wednesday evening but said he and his team were on their way there.
“We are on our way there so there is no information for now. However, I will give you an update later,” he said.
Banana Island is one of the most expensive places to live in Africa. It is an artificial island off the foreshore of Ikoyi, Lagos. The name of the posh island is derived from the curvature of its shape.
Building collapse is a common occurrence in Lagos, one of the most populated places in Africa.
On November 1, 2021, a 21-storey building on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, collapsed.
According to the coroner’s inquest, it was due to negligence by agencies responsible for the supervision of the building project.
This is the story common with many instances of building collapse in Lagos.