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Update: Many Feared Dead, Scores Trapped As 21-Storey Building Under Construction Collapses In Lagos



…50 Persons, Including Owner Trapped

…Rescue Officials Recover Four Bodies, Three Others In Critical Conditions

…How Owner Connived With Building Officials To Continue Work Despite Seal Order In July 2020

A 21-Storey building under construction at Gerard road, Ikoyi has collapsed on Monday.

According to reports, several persons are trapped in the rubbles, including labourers working on the building.

One of the workers who managed to exit the building before it caved in said about 50 persons were in the building before it collapsed.

The owner of the building was said to be inside of the building to inspect the ongoing work when the building collapsed.

“We were working beside the building while some others are working inside the collapsed building.

“More than 50 people were working inside this big building when it collapsed.

“The building started vibrating and the next thing it came down. One person was pulled out lifeless. The owner is inside. We have been talking with some of our colleagues who are trapped inside.

“We have been calling emergency workers since 2pm but they did not get here till past 4pm but we are glad they are here now because it will be faster.

“Since they got here, five others have been rescued. Those ones are alive and were taken to the ambulance.”

Thepledge also confirmed that as at 3:50pm emergency rescue officials from the Lagos State Govt were yet to arrive at the scene of the incident.

An eyewitness who joined the rescue team around 2:30pm, said they saw about four dead bodies, adding that three persons were rescued alive and taken to the hospital.

He said he was on his way to Ajah when he saw the incident and stopped to render help.

“Immediately I stopped and other people too stopped so we could help those in need of help.

“We rescued like three people and we saw like four people who died. We called the emergency many times but nobody came here. I got here around 2:30pm. People were shouting inside the building when we got here,” he said.

Meanwhile, on July 5, 2020, Governor Sanwo-Olu had ordered the relevant building authorities to seal the project, noting that the owners failed to abide by the rules and regulations guiding such buildings.

Consequently, the government ordered the contractors to stop work on the building with a view to assessing and evaluating the extent to which the builders had adhered to the building code.

This, Thepledge learnt, was done to forestall the collapse of a six-storey building at the Lekki Gardens Estate on March 8, 2016, which claimed several lives.

However, inside sources told Thepledge that the building was unsealed after the contractor got a clearance from the back door to continue with work.

Our correspondent also gathered that the initial building plan for the project was for a 15-storey, before the owner added six more floors to make 21-storey. 


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JUST IN: Okpebholo Declared Winner Of Edo APC Gov’ship Primary



Senator Monday Okpebholo has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the September 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

Okpebholo scored 12, 433 votes to emerge winner.

Details later…


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Yoruba Nation: Igboho Accuses Buhari Of Attempting To Assassinate Him



Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho, on Friday, said he came back to Nigeria by the power of God.

Igboho made the remark while accusing former President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to assassinate him.

He alleged that Buhari sent the Department of State Services, DSS, and soldiers to assassinate him in his house.

Addressing his followers in Oyo State, the freedom fighter claimed that his agitation against Fulani herders killing of farmers in the Southwest was behind the move to assassinate him.

According to Igboho: “Buhari sent his soldiers and DSS to arrest me in my house because I said Yorubas are not slaves to Fulanis, they can’t suppress us in our father’s land.

“Fulanis can’t stop our fathers and mothers from going to their farms. But, I’m back with the power of God and authority not that of man.”

The freedom fighter returned to Nigeria on Thursday, ahead of his mother’s burial in the Saki area of Oyo State.

Igboho has been out of Nigeria since 2021 when he eloped to Benin Republic after he was declared wanted by the DSS.

DSS had invaded his residence in the Soka area of Oyo State but he escaped.

The secret police had declared him wanted over his agitation for Yoruba Nation and attacks on Fulani herders accused of killing farmers in the Southwest.

In Benin Republic, Igboho was arrested and remanded while attempting to travel to Germany.

However, he recently regained his freedom after two years in a Beninoise prison.


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Alleged N30bn Disbursement: Nigerians Deserve To Know The Truth, Peter Obi Tells FG



Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has advised the Federal Government to give details on how they disturbed N30bn each to the 36 state governors to ameliorate inflation and high cost of food items.

Obi’s demand followed the claim by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, that an “unverified report” showed that state governors received N30 billion each from the federation account to alleviate the economic hardship and ravaging hunger in their respective domains.

However, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State dismissed the report, saying there was no truth in the claim by Akpabio that states of the federation got an additional N30 billion each outside of their statutory revenue allocations.

Obi, in a statement on his X handle on Friday, said the details of the disbursement should be explained for the interest of good governance and transparency.

According to him, it would enable the masses, for whom the support is meant, to follow through and ensure that it is utilized appropriately to their benefit.

He further appealed to the state governments to ensure that the resources are genuinely and transparently invested in productive ventures to alleviate the present hardship.

“Recently, the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, announced that a staggering financial support of N1.1 trillion, amounting to a sum of N30 billion each was doled out to the state governors to help ameliorate the present hardship in the country.

“While the Federal Government is to be commended for offering such a huge support, considering the difficult times people are going through, it is pertinent, for the interest of good governance and transparency, that the details of the disbursement of such support be explained further, so that the public, the masses for whom the support is meant, can follow through and ensure that it is utilized appropriately to the benefit of the people.

“While waiting for such details, I appeal that concerted efforts should be made to ensure that the resources are genuinely and transparently invested in productive ventures to alleviate present hardship and help the future growth of the country,” he wrote


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