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UPDATE: 10 Dead, 9 rescued in 21-storey building collapses in Lagos [PHOTOS]

Ten persons have been confirmed dead as Nine persons have been rescued from the collapsed 21-storey building on Gerard Road in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State, News Direct can report.

The South-West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, made this known to newsmen earlier today.

He said rescue operations resumed after “a 2-hour rest for responders, all heavy equipment have started serious works. We are very hopeful of rescuing more people.”

As of the time of filing this report, many people were still trapped in the rubble, including the Managing Director, Fourscore Heights Limited, Mr Femi Osibona, who owned the building, and some of his clients and engineers.

Meanwhile, the company that designed the structure and supervised the construction, Prowess Engineering Limited, said it withdrew from the project in 2020 because it no longer shared the same vision with the owners, Fourscore Heights Limited.

The Managing Director, Prowess Engineering Limited, Muritala Olawale, in a letter to Osibona on February 20, 2020, said his firm could not guarantee the integrity of the building from anything above the fourth floor.

“We can guarantee the integrity of the first two buildings and also the work done up to the fourth floor of the third building supervised by us provided specifications have been met in terms of the required concrete strength. This we do not have control over as we do not have the concrete cube test results of each stage of the building till date. Also, note that we are not taking responsibility for any other construction errors that may have occurred overtime on the project,” the letter read in part.

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