The corpses of two children and a policewoman have been recovered by emergency officials from a building that collapsed in Lagos.
Their mother, who was found under the debris unconscious, was among nine victims rescued from the three-storey building that collapsed at Freeman Street, Lagos Island on Saturday morning.
It was learnt that the family just moved into the building.
The Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has sealed off the premises. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said the area was sealed to enable government officials carry out integrity test on adjourning houses.
The Acting Territorial Coordinator of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, said the family of the deceased children just moved into the building.
Apart from the dead kids, one adult also reportedly died in the crash while nine persons were reported ‘seriously injured’.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said that when his team arrived at the scene at 4.05 am they discovered that the three-storey building collapsed on people who were sleeping in the building. He said a total of nine victims were extricated from the rubble alive while three bodies were recovered dead.
“Their remains were transported to the mortuary while first aid was administered to the nine victims by LASEMA And LASAMBUS. “LASEMA, LABSCA , Ministry Of Physical planning, Nigeria Police, LNSC, LASG FIRE are also at the incident scene carrying out a multi-agency Search And Rescue Operation” he added.