Collapsed building update: 19 persons rescued alive, 3 dead

  • As 113 militants are killed in fresh operations in Afghanistan

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Public Information Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday, confirmed that 19 persons had been rescued alive, while three persons, including a teenager, were pulled out dead from the wreckage of the collapsed building at Ire Akari Estate, Isolo, Lagos on Thursday.

He said that as at 12.35 a.m. this morning, three dead bodies had been recovered.

“We rescued 19 persons, including a teenager, while the right limb of one of those rescued alive from the wreckage was chopped off.

“So far, we have done close to 95 per cent of the evacuation of the wreckage to ground zero.

“If by the end of the day at ground zero, we do not recover any other body, that 22 will be the figure.

“We started rescue operation at the three-storey building site at exactly 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, in collaboration with the Lagos State Fire Service and the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA).

“We should finish the operation in the next one hour,’’ Farinloye said.

He confirmed that a small church which was close to the collapsed building was not affected, but the building had to be pulled down, to enable the rescue operators to have access to the affected building.

Officials of the Nigeria Police Force, the Red Cross, NEMA, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), all declined to speak on the operation.

It would be recalled that collapsed building sites, in line with LASBCA enabling law, are usually forfeited to the Lagos State Government.

In the meantime, at least 113 militants have been killed and nearly 50 others wounded as Afghan security forces pressed ahead with offensives in restive provinces, the Defence Ministry said on Friday.

“Afghan National Defence and Security Forces carried out clean-up operations in different provinces within the past 24 hours, killing 113 armed militants and wounding 49 others,” the ministry said in a statement.

The security forces also seized weapons and defused several roadside bombs planted by militants during the raids launched in 17 of the country’s 34 provinces, the statement said, without elaborating the casualties of the security forces.

Violence has been on the rise as Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces over the past two years.

On Thursday, five police personnel were killed and five others wounded during clashes with Taliban militants in Tagab district of eastern Kapisa province, according to provincial officials.