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Lagos luxury apartment collapse accuse gov. of slow response

14:44, 05 November 2021
Lagos luxury apartment collapse accuse gov. of slow response Photo: 52.mchs.gov.ru

The family members of those who have died in the collapse of the luxury apartment building in Lagos accused the government of Nigeria of not doing enough to save the victims.


Many of the victims were trapped alive under the building’s ruins, however due to the slow response of emergency agencies they died.

"I don't know why they were not able to reach her in time. Had it been they were working consistently, had it been they had enough equipment, they would have saved my sister," a family member of one of the victims told CNN

The overall death toll has risen towards 32 according to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwa-Olu or to 36 according to the National Emergency Agency.

Only nine people were successfully rescued from under the debris.

Families of the victims say that all the emergency agencies did was carry out dead bodies as well as dragging things from one place to another without a tactic. 

Building collapses in Nigeria have increased in recent years due to the poor quality of construction as well as weak regulation.