A building which collapsed has reportedly killed two children of same family, leaving the parents in tears.
The mishap occurred Wednesday at 46 Gafari Balogun Street, in Ogudu area of Lagos state where the building was situated.
The Director General cum Chief Executive Officer Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed the incident in a statement made available to newsmen.
According to the statement, “The LRT received a distress call at 12:40 pm about a collapsed building at the aforementioned location.
On arrival at the scene by agency responders, it was observed that a building collapsed as a result of a mud slide at the rear of the building caused by heavy rainfall.
The agents were informed that two children, one male and one female were trapped and immediately commenced a search and rescue operation.
Unfortunately, they were found dead and their remains have been transported to the mortuary. Integrity testing will be carried out on the remainder of the building which has now been cordoned off”.
Meanwhile, in response to the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) have launched a raid on some criminal hideouts, leading to the arrest of no fewer than 21 notorious miscreants and cultists.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team disclosed that the 21 suspects were arrested during an enforcement operation on criminal hideouts at Ogudu and Ajah as directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu.
According to him, “During the enforcement exercise, a large number of miscreants/cultists launched a serious attack on the officers with broken bottles, stones, axe and other dangerous weapons from different spots including uncompleted buildings”.
While noting that upon the attack, officers of the Agency stood their ground and flushed them out from their hideouts while some of them escaped through the roof.
Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Agency, Adebayo Taofiq made the disclosure in a release made available to journalists on Wednesday.
According to the release, Egbeyemi maintained that residents around the areas have complained on the attack of innocent members of the public by these miscreants and cult gangs especially in the early hours of the day and late at night.
“Let me sound note of warning to owners of structures harbouring criminal elements to immediately flush them out as government would not hesitate to demolish any building occupied by miscreants and cultists across the State”.
He however, said that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu further directed that all the 21 arrested notorious miscreants/Cultists be prosecuted.
Also, in line with the directives of the Lagos State Government on social distancing, use of nose-mask and banned on activities of commercial motorcyclists across the State as part of efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, the Agency has impounded 78 commercial motorcycles for engaging in illegal activities around Onipanu, Adekunle and Igbo-efon by Jakande area of Lekki.
The Chairman, who confirmed the development, said the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration is doing everything possible to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus pandemic in the State and implored the citizens to strictly adhere to all the safety precautions issued, such as maintaining social distancing and usage of nose masks, by the Government.