Several workers are suspected to be trapped under the rubble of a seven-storey building that collapsed at First Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi area of Lagos, Nigeria.
The collapse occurred when casting was being done on the building. Witnesses say some workers jumped off the building as it collapsed.
Officials of the Lagos state government say the building was erected illegally without an approval from the state government.
In a statement by Mukaila Sanusi, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State government said: “An unapproved seven-floor building under construction has collapsed in Banana Island, Lagos State, this evening.
“Few, who sustained injuries are being treated. There is no fatality. This unfortunate incident happened while casting was being done.
“The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, was immediately on site to assess the situation and flag-off investigation.
“We ask members of the public to remain calm and expect further information from the ministry as we know more.”
Banana Island is a rich suburb of Lagos state habouring some of the popular and wealthy figures in Nigeria.