Story By Akinola Emmanuel
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA activated its Emergency Response Team, Shark Squad, to the scene of a collapsed building at Freeman Street, Lagos Island, today.
Upon the arrival of the Team at the incident scene, led by the Director General/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu and the Director of Operations, Engineer Olatunde Akinsanya, it was discovered that a 3 storey building totally collapsed on people while asleep around few minutes past 3:00am.
As the DG LASEMA and the Agency’s Team take lead in the search and rescue mission alongside the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, LASG FIRE, National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Min Of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Ambulance Services,LASAMBUS, a total of 9 occupants have been rescued alive and rushed to the hospital by the combined team of responders…while 3 fatalities recorded and handed over to State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU, for onward transfer to the morgue.
The Agency’s Excavator has been activated to carry out a controlled demolition of the building to avert a secondary incident.
- Recovery operation ongoing.