Breaking News: 22 Bodies Recovered in Lekki Five-Story Building Collapse

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22 people have been confirmed dead in a five-story building collapse that occurred at Lekki Phase 1, Lagos on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident had initially seen eighteen bodies recovered from the rumble before this latest development which was confirmed by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“We recovered four more bodies today when we resumed operations, bringing the total death toll so far to 22,” Ibrahim Farinloye, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has blamed the collapse of the building on contractors who exceeded the approved floors by the Lagos State Building Control Agency during the construction phase.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said that all directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited were strongly advised to submit themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police within the next 24 hours in their own interest or be arrested.

Building collapses happen frequently in densely populated areas of Lagos, which is home to some 20 million people. Poor workmanship,  materials, and a lack of official oversight are often blamed. About three excavators are also being used by NEMA in the rescue effort.