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Tragedy strikes in Lagos as residential building collapse injures residents

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In a harrowing incident, a residential building known as Agboye Estate on Oduntan Street in Ketu, Lagos, partially collapsed, leaving at least two individuals fighting for their lives in a private hospital.

The catastrophe unfolded over the weekend, with the structure initially giving way on Saturday following prolonged heavy rainfall in the region.

This multi-roomed building, accommodating hundreds of residents, found itself on the brink of disaster as the relentless rain persisted. To make matters worse, the structure suffered another collapse on Sunday afternoon, causing further destruction to an adjacent building within the compound before eventually succumbing to complete collapse.

The ensuing chaos sent shockwaves throughout the area, compelling numerous families and individuals residing in the building to evacuate urgently. Emergency responders from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency arrived on the scene to assess the situation and provide support.

The compound, which hosts multiple deteriorating buildings, had previously been earmarked for demolition by Lagos authorities. In a tragic déjà vu, the incident recalls a December 2014 exposé by Saturday Punch titled “500-room house in Lagos where tenants live as prisoners.”

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The report depicted appalling living conditions within Agboye Estate, including encounters with dangerous creatures like snakes and scorpions due to stagnant sewage water.

The cramped living conditions in the building were further emphasized, with up to 12 rooms sharing a single toilet and bathroom, accommodating an average of two people per room, totaling 24 users for one restroom.

Tenants were subjected to stringent rules that banned power generators, electric kettles, air conditioners, and even social gatherings within the facility.

Moreover, the sole entrance to the compound enforced a nightly closure at 11:00 p.m., effectively isolating residents once the curfew commenced.

Following the 2014 report, the Lagos State Government imposed partial sanctions on the building, only to lift them shortly afterward. The landlord of Agboye Estate has now gone into hiding in the wake of the devastating events that unfolded on Sunday.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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