At least four dead and dozens feared trapped after Nigeria high-rise collapse

A 22-storey high-rise building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria on Monday (November 1), leaving at least four dead and dozens more believed to be trapped under the rubble.

Video shows locals inspecting the wreckage of the luxury residential complex in Nigeria’s wealthy Ikoyi neighbourhood, where several other flats are also under construction.

Workers said around 100 construction personnel may still be trapped beneath the debris.

Ibrahim Farinloye, National Emergency Management Agency coordinator in Lagos, said four people have been rescued so far and authorities are trying to speed up search and rescue operations.

He said: ‘We are moving in the military to take over operations because it is beyond the capacity of the civil operators.’

Private developer Fourscore Homes in charge of the project has not commented on the incident.

The collapse is the latest in a string of structural failures plaguing Nigeria, where construction regulations are poorly enforced, and the materials used are allegedly often substandard.