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Lagos building with over 500 rooms collapses, two injured

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At least two persons are currently battling for life at a private hospital after a school-turned-residential building in the Ketu area of Lagos partially collapsed on Sunday.

The building housing over 500 rooms with hundreds of residents known as Agboye Estate on Oduntan Street, Ketu, first caved in on Saturday afternoon following hours of rainfall that greeted most parts of Lagos.

On Sunday afternoon, as residents were still trying to salvage their belongings, the building crumbled again, destroying another structure inside the compound before collapsing completely.

The development sent panic across the area, forcing hundreds of families and individuals residing in the buildfing to vacate the premises.

During a visit to the affected building on Sunday evening, dozens of residents were seen moving their belongings in different directions as officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency cordoned off the premises.

The affected compound housing several defective buildings has been marked for demolition by Lagos officials.

A statement by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency reads:

SITUATION REPORT REGARDING COLLAPSED BUILDING AT 47/49 ODUNTAN STREET, KOSOFE

Upon arrival of the Agency’s responders at the incident scene, a 2-storey building and a 4-storey building situated beside each other was found to have collapsed at the aforementioned address.


Investigation conducted by the LRT revealed that the collapse could be attributed to ageing and poor maintenance on the part of the owner.

Further investigation revealed that the staircase of the building caved in.
Unfortunately, a male adult fell due to the impact of the collapse from the topmost floor, and has been taken to the hospital.

Residents of the building have been asked to vacate the building under the supervision of the combined team of LASEMA, RRS, LABSCA and LNSC, in order to avert further secondary incident.

However, the said building will be pulled down as it has failed structural integrity test as confirmed by LABSCA official at the scene, hence posing a threat to the public and adjoining buildings.

The Agency’s response team/paramedics, RRS, LABSCA and LNSC are on ground at the incident scene working together to salvage the situation.


Operation ongoing.

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SITUATION UPDATE: Fire Outbreak at Honeywell Depot, Ijora Apapa Local Government.

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The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has responded to the fire outbreak that occurred at Honeywell Depot on Friday 17th 2024, in Ijora Apapa area of Lagos State.


The agency responded to reports of a fire outbreak at the above location. On arrival, a fire involving  petrol pile lines was encountered .


The combined efforts of the Agency responders, in Sari Iganmu, Isolo and Ajekunle fire stations, as well as Nigeria Port Authority made it easy for the fire to be contained.


Federal fire service and LNSC have ensured that the fire has  been put out.

There were no casualties and Post fire assessment would be carried out as soon as possible.

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BREAKING: Fire guts NNPCL Apapa Tank Farm

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On Friday, the NNPCL Tank Farm located on Kayode Street, Marine Beach in the Apapa area of Lagos was engulfed in a fire. According to eyewitness Tunde Are, the fire began around 11:00 am, causing panic as people attempted to control the blaze before the arrival of emergency services.

Rescue teams, including the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service and the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), were actively working to extinguish the fire at the time of the report. The fire reportedly started due to a spillage of petroleum products within the terminal’s perimeter.

Margaret Adeseye, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed the incident and stated that a coordinated effort involving various emergency responders from the oil and gas industry was underway to manage and contain the situation.

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Binance executive, Gambaryan denied bail, to remain in Kuje Prison

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The Federal High Court has ordered an accelerated hearing in the trial of Gambaryan, who is facing money laundering charges brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Justice Nwite, presiding over the case, had previously scheduled the ruling on the bail plea for Friday after hearing arguments from both the EFCC’s counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, and Gambaryan’s lawyer, Mark Mordi, SAN.

Gambaryan, who pleaded not guilty, has been remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre. The EFCC accuses Binance Holdings Limited, Gambaryan, and another agent, Nadeem Anjarwalla, of conspiring to conceal the origins of $35,400,000 derived from alleged unlawful activities in Nigeria. Anjarwalla reportedly escaped custody and fled to Kenya.

In the bail application, Mordi argued that there was no credible evidence to suggest Gambaryan was planning to escape, asserting that the EFCC’s allegations were unsubstantiated. He claimed that the notion of Gambaryan arranging to flee was false and unsupported by any exhibit or document.

Contrarily, Iheanacho argued that Gambaryan posed a flight risk, emphasizing that he had no ties to any community in Nigeria or a competent surety to vouch for him. Iheanacho also mentioned that Gambaryan attempted to apply for a new U.S. passport while in detention, despite his international passport being seized. He urged the court to dismiss the bail application or alternatively return Gambaryan to EFCC custody if bail were to be granted.

Justice Nwite, considering the arguments, opted for an expedited hearing of the case to address the concerns and proceed with the trial efficiently.

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