Mother, child die as three-storey building collapses in Ebute Metta

Lagos State Emergency Management (LASEMA) has confirmed that a mother and her son have died after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of the state on Sunday night.

The agency’s permanent secretary Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the building collapsed around 10.56pm.

He said the affected building located at 24 Ibadan Street (East) off Bonny Way Ebute Metta comprised rooms and parlour.

“Further information gathered revealed that the incident occurred at about 10.56pm with as yet undetermined number of people trapped. Search and rescue ongoing.

“As of 02:10am, 22 males, one female rescued alive. One male and female recovered dead,” said Oke-Osanyintolu.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also confirmed the recovery of two dead bodies and rescue of 23 persons.

South-west zonal coordinator of NEMA Ibrahim Farinloye told NAN that the recovered bodies were those of a mother and her child, while the rescued persons included seven children and 16 adults.

“Nine of those rescued alive have been treated and discharged.

“They returned to the scene, but have been taken away for proper custody while psycho-social and post trauma counselling are being arranged for them by the Nigerian Red Cross,” Farinloye said.