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UPDATE: Mother, son die in Lagos collapsed building, 23 rescued

Two casualties have been recorded in the three-storey building that collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The casualties are a mother and her child, they are found dead beneath the rubble. .

The Lagos State Emergency Management confirmed this in a situation report released in the early hours of Monday.

According to the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the building collapsed around 10.56pm on Sunday.

He said the affected building located at 24 Ibadan Street (East) off Bonny Way Ebute Metta comprised rooms and parlour.

“Further information gathered revealed that the incident occurred at about 10.56pm with as yet undetermined number of people trapped. Search and rescue ongoing.

“As of 02:10am, 22 males, one female rescued alive. One male and female recovered dead.”

Also, the National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the recovery of two dead bodies and rescue of 23 persons.

The Zonal Coordinator South-West, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, told NAN that the recovered bodies were those of a mother and her child, while the rescued persons included seven children and 16 adults.

“Nine of those rescued alive have been treated and discharged.

“They returned to the scene, but have been taken away for proper custody while psycho-social and post trauma counselling are being arranged for them by the Nigerian Red Cross,” Farinloye said.

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