18 People Killed In Collapsed Lekki Building

Yesterday, we reported the story of the building that collapsed in the Lekki Area of Lagos, with four people reportedly dead and five rescued alive.

The death toll according to NEMA has risen to fourteen to include a baby and a woman.

Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA South West Coordinator confirmed the number of victims that died in the rubble, saying most of the people trapped were workers and some people who slept in the building after tipping the security guard.

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One of the workers on the site,an interior decorator blamed those handling the estate for underpaying workers (Lekki Gardens). He also revealed that he was being owed  N317,000.

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I have slept under the sun and in the rain as well as suffered mosquito bites. I sold my power bank to raise transport fare to this site on Monday so that I can get my money, but they have not paid me,” he said.

So many people, especially workers, slept here because they could not afford transport fares to their residences. When we started the work, we were paid N3,000 daily but later it was changed to N3,500 weekly. Yet, they are still owing.
So many of the peole who are trapped in the building are said to be Beninoise.
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