Collapsed building: Lagos agency commences demolition on Island

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The Lagos state government has started pulling down buildings marked for demolition in Lagos Island.

Officials of the the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) have commenced the demolition of house that failed intergrity test on Freeman street in Ita Faji.

The development comes two days after a three-storey building on Massey street in the same area, caved in.

Twelve people, including nine children, were killed in the incident while 50 were rescued.

Although the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said  on Thursday that it had rescued all the trapped victims but some residents said people were still in the rubble.

The governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode had accused some landlordsof resisting the demolition of defective buildings when he visited the scene of the collapse shortly after the unfortunate event.

He said this time around, the government was prepared to pull down such structures.

“We have been carrying out a lot of integrity tests on the buildings in this neighborhood and as you can see, some of them have been marked for demolition but we get resistance from landlords but we must continue to save lives and we would intensify our efforts to see that those have failed our integrity test, we would ensure that they are quickly evacuated and we bring the structures down,” he had said.

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