Ikoyi Building Collapse: “Everything turned to dust” Construction Worker says

Ikoyi Building Collapse: "Everything turned to dust" Construction Worker says

A 22-storey building under construction collapsed overnight in Ikoyi, Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria with a quick report coming from Authorities that about 15 people are dead while others are still missing.

The building under construction located in the upmarket district of Ikoyi came falling down floor to floor as witnesses narrated. The wreckage occurred around 14:45, local time (13:45 GMT).

The face behind the ongoing project which has caused people their lives is Fourscore Homes Limited, a construction company with successful projects in South Africa, U.K., U.S., as well as in Nigeria.

Based on the design of the structure and in line with the development’s website, the building is part of a complex commonly known as 360 Degrees Towers, designed to house penthouses, luxury apartments including town houses.

Despite the time of occurrence with heavy rainfall in the dark, people helped to provide lights and rescued about nine victims successfully.

According to Ade John, a construction worker for Fourscore Homes Limited:

“Everything turned to dust. I and 15 others ran out through the dust, without seeing.

“There were 40 bricklayers who came to work, including some engineers on the first floor.”

Allegedly, some reports say the 22-storey design wasn’t the initial plan. For now, the development’s website cannot be accessed and the cause for the Ikoyi building collapse remains unknown including the number of victims still  trapped.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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