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Several workers trapped under collapsed highrise in Ikoyi

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Image Credits: REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja.

A luxury residential highrise under construction in Ikoyi collapsed on Monday, and witnesses say that several workers were trapped under a pile of concrete rubble

According to workers who escaped the collapse, it is possible that about 100 people were at work when the building came crashing down.

Building collapses have become frequent in Lagos, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.

Men carry a man who was rescued at the site of a collapsed 21-story building in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

There were heaps of rubble and twisted metal where the 20-story building once stood, as several workers looked on.

According to a Reuters report, one man wailed, saying his relative was among those trapped.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse.

The building was part of three towers being built by private developer Fourscore Homes. In a brochure for potential clients, the company promises to offer “a stress-free lifestyle, complete with a hotel flair”. The cheapest unit was selling for $1.2 million.

Calls to the numbers listed for Fourscore Homes and the main building contractor did not ring through.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said it had activated its emergency response plan.

“All first responders are at the scene while heavy duty equipment and life detection equipment have been dispatched,” the agency said in a statement.

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