At least 4 killed in building collapse in Nigeria’s economic hub

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A one-story building under construction collapsed on Wednesday in the city of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, with at least four persons having been killed, an official said.

Ibrahim Farinloye, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the Lagos state, told Xinhua on the phone the collapsed building is located in the Badagry area of Lagos city, and rescue operations have been concluded.

“Four dead bodies have been recovered by rescuers, who also rescued five workers with various degrees of injury,” Farinloye said.

Farinloye said the building construction started about two years ago but has not been completed, and an investigation in the collapse has been launched.

The latest building collapse in Lagos came a little over two weeks after the collapse of a 21-story building in the city on Nov. 1, which killed over 40 persons.

Building collapses often occur in Nigeria as some property owners and developers do not adhere strictly to planning and building laws and regulations. In most cases, heavy loads are placed on the building and substandard materials are often used in construction work. Enditem

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