By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Tragedy has struck again in the Lagos Island area of the state, as a distressed 3-storey building collapsed on another building killing a 3 year old boy.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred on Monday night at the popular Oju-Ina area of Agarawu.
The deceased, identified as Kehinde Okedairo, was said to be sleeping with his mother in their room at 4, Hassani Lane, Agarawu when the incident happened.
According to report,the distressed building, already marked for demolition by the State government, situated at 54 Palm Church street, Agarawu caved in and fell on the deceased’s bungalow resulting in the sad occurrence.
It was gathered that when the building fell on the deceased’s house at about 10:40pm, the mother was able to escape while the little boy was trapped under the rubbles.
An eye witness informed that efforts by youths from the community to rescue the boy proved abortive until his remains was discovered under the rubbles at about 12.50am.
Speaking with our correspondent, the Chairman, CDA in the area, Mr. Fatai Oriade, lamented that the distressed house had been marked for demolition for long by the state government agency on building control, but failed to carry out the exercise until it caused the havoc.
He said, “When we noticed that the building had been marked for demolition we ordered every occupants of the house to move out, because we don’t want to witness another calamity and after they had gone we padlock the house and prevent people from sleeping there. When we saw the Lagos State building control officials, we approached them to come to our rescue and know the situation of the building. But, unfortunately one of them told us that it was not yet time they would come for the demolition of the house”.
” If they had acted on our plea, probably the little boy wouldn’t have died. We have lost a promising boy, which nobody known what he would become in future”.
Another resident in the area, Taofiki Abimbola claimed that there are a lot of pending marked building that needed to be demolished that are yet to be touched by the building agency.
He said: “As I speak with you now, there is a building mark for demolition at number 28 Agarawu Street which is three storey building posing danger to the residents.
“We are dying like chicken on the Island as a result of collapse building; government should not relent in the demolition exercise they embarked on. I learnt the boy was the only child of her mother, I don’t know where the woman will start from. The mother of the little boy has been taken to her sister house because of people coming to console her. The incoming governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu should take the issue of collapse building on the Island seriously.”
He emphasized, “Many people have lost their lives through the houses built by these developers, government should arrested and prosecute any developers whose building collapse and use them as a deterrent to others.”
When our correspondent visited the scene of incident, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Ambulance Emergency Service (LASAMBUS) and Policemen from Adeniji Adele Division were on ground.