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Woman, 11yrs Old Girl Killed As Building Collapses In Lagos

An 11-year-old girl and a woman lost their lives on Saturday after a section of a storeyed building on Abeje Street, Markaz, Agege collapsed.

The deceased residents were identified as Sherifat Olalere and 35-year-old Toyin Ogundimu while one Mustapha Salaudeen was injured.

The Punch learnt that the incident happened around 10am when many residents were around.

The affected section – makeshift structure at the back of the building – was said to have been distressed for some time.

Officials of the Lagos State Management Agency, and the state fire service and policemen who responded to a distressed call from the area, removed the two corpses and deposited them in a mortuary.

The LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said other occupants of the building had been evacuated.

He urged occupants of residential buildings in the state to be conscious of cracks on the walls and raise the alarm.

He said, “The agency received a distress call via the emergency toll free number at about 10.48am concerning a building at 9 Abeje Street, Markaz, Agege. This ease up the rapid activation of the agency’s Response Team to the scene of the incident

“Investigation carried out by the LASEMA response team at the scene of the incident revealed that a distress storeyed building suffered partial collapse at the backside.

“Unfortunately, two persons, a female adult, Toyin Ogundimu 35, and a young girl, Sherifat Olalere, 11, lost their lives to the incident and one male adult, Mustapha Salaudeen, was rescued and treated at the scene by the ambulance crew.”