The number of deaths recorded increased to three as two more bodies have been recovered from the three-storey building that collapsed in Ilasamaja, Lagos.
The bodies were recovered between 12:18 am and 12:32 am, said the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Incident Commander of the operation, Adesina Tiamiyu.
He reported that three people died, 19 were rescued and some were still trapped.
Among the deceased was a 25-year-old Plumber, Emeka Okeke, from Enugu State, whose boss was heartbroken Thursday night. Okeke, the boss, identified himself as the deceased person’s uncle, was held by rescue workers jumping on the rubble.
Okeke said he left his two brothers- Emeka and Chima- at the site Thursday afternoon before leaving for Festac. Okeke said that both of his brothers and were handed over to him by their parents so he could explain them about plumbing.
“What do I tell my people? These boys were given to me by my brothers to train. Where do I start from? God! Why me?”
“They were working together. I left both of them here this afternoon and I went to Festac. We all slept here with other workers. I was just coming back to sleep now, so, we can continue our job tomorrow. I didn’t know something bad happened here. I didn’t even here about it until I got to the site.
“Death should have taken me instead. It should have taken me and left my two young boys, who are just starting life. I should have died in their place,” said Okeke who refused to admit that one of his brothers might still be alive.
“My people have been calling Emeka’s phone since. It’s ringing but he wasn’t picking. Look at the phone in his pocket. It’s there inside his pocket. God! What did I do wrong?” Lamented Okeke.
At the instruction of Tiamiyu, the nation observed that paramedics took him and checked his blood pressure before they took him to a place where he could sit down. Okeke, who wanted to rest at the scene until his other brothers were found, was instructed to follow an ambulance to Isolo General Hospital in order to check if Chima was among the people who got injured.
The victims who were rescued at 9pm had at least one of their legs amputated, with suspected spinal cord injuries.