Lagos: At least 5 people died, 100 feared trapped

Lagos: At least 5 people died, 100 feared trapped

Rescuers are still searching for survivors following a 22-storey building in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria collapsed during construction.

Local authorities are still investigating the cause of the collapse before giving out the final report.

A special advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina said the president “commiserates with families who have lost loved ones.”

The building was part of 360 Degrees Towers, intended to house luxury apartments and penthouses.

“Me and my brother, we escaped, but more people are there – more than 100 people,” Eric Tetteh (41), a construction worker told the AP.

In recent years Nigeria citizens have been criticizing the authorities for the low standards of the buildings. In 2014 a six-storey building collapsed during an evangelical service and killed 116 people and in 2019 a school collapsed in Lagos killing 10 people.

President Buhari has urged authorities to hasten their rescue efforts and the exact number of those who are trapped is still unknown.