Death toll rises to 15 in Ikoyi building collapse

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More people have been confirmed killed and more survivors rescued hours after a high-rise building collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State. The incident which occurred on Monday afternoon along Wesley Road in the commercial hub of the nation.

While four persons were killed and five others rescued as of Monday night, the death toll and number of survivors rose on Tuesday as rescue efforts continued through the night. According to the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 11 more bodies have been recovered.

He added that five more persons trapped under the rubble have been rescued by emergency responders at the scene. This brings the total figures of those killed and rescued so far to 15 and 10 respectively.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who visited the site amid tight security, explained that the premise of the collapsed building has been sealed by the government agency in charge of testing, for more investigation into the integrity of the structure.

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