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Many people are believed to be trapped as an uncompleted 3-storey building has reportedly collapsed on Ezenwa street in Onitsha, Anambra State.

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The collapse of buildings in recently has occurred so often and with such intensity that it has been a perennial source of worry to Nigerians.

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For now, there seem to be no official statistics. But a survey of collapse of buildings showed that an average of 27 buildings collapsed in 2015. Out of these, 175 deaths occurred while 427 others were injured.

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The Southwest zone of the country recorded the highest number in the last eight years, with accounting for about 134 deaths and 159 injuries.

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A further breakdown of the survey showed that 17 of the incidents of collapsed buildings involved residential areas where an estimated death toll of 44 were recorded with over 60 victims injured while six occurred on church buildings with an estimated death toll of 134 and about 176 survivors injured. The remaining affected projects include; plazas and other uncompleted buildings.

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In 2016, the incidence continued with the collapse of the Lekki Gardens’ property, which killed over 30 people and more others afterward particularly in 2017, with some cases recorded in Alaba market, Ebute- Metta, Lagos Island, Agege, Isolo and Abesan areas of Lagos State.

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Recently, the nation was thrown into an avoidable mourning following the collapse of a three-storey building at Ita-Faaji area in Lagos Island killing about 20 people including primary pupils.

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In a space of four days, other of victims were trapped in a three-storey building that collapsed in Sogoye area of Molete, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

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The incident rekindled the blame game among professionals in the built environment, who often blamed the reoccurrence on encroachment of their professional callings referred to as quackery.

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With an average of five deaths recorded yearly in Nigeria as a of the collapse of buildings, the incidence is becoming a major clog in the wheel of efforts at reducing the nation’s housing deficits.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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#EndSARS: Lagos council unveils N10m relief fund for victims of violence

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The Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in on Saturday unveiled a N10 million relief fund for victims of violence and looting that trailed #EndSARS protest in the area.
The Council Chairman, Mr Dele Oshinowo, in a statement on Saturday, said it had become imperative to assist some victims of looting and destruction in the aftermath of the protest in the area.
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“As part of commitment of the Mayor Dele Oshinowo administration to release N10 million for victims of looting and vandalised property due to the recent widespread turmoil, today, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA unveiled a nine-man committee.
“The committee would activate efforts towards developing a strategy to ensure an instant recovery for victims.
“The representative of the youth in the committee, Abdulwaheed Odunuga, will chair it, while Mr Adeoba Adewale, the Chief Security Officer, Agboyi-Ketu is the Secretary,” Oshinowo said.
According to him, the independent body will investigate all the victims of the violence and make recommendations to him on ways to share the amount among the victims.
Oshinowo added that some friends of the council had also promised to support the initiative to assist those who lost lives and livelihoods to the violence.
He said that other members of the committee are : Mr Raheem Olarenwaju, Secretary-General, Owode Onirin Iron Market Association and Mr Adebisi Adeniyi, a CDA Chairman.
Also, Rev. P. B. Ojo, Chairman, Christian Association of (CAN), Agboyi-Ketu Chapter, Imam Sulaimon, League of Imams and Mr Adeniyi Akintola, Chairman, Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA), Agboyi-Ketu Chapter.
Others are Chief Issa Akinola, the Balogun of Ketu, and Mr Stephen Ndubueze, Community Leader and Real Estate Consultant.
Oshinowo said that membership of the committee cut across all sections and groups in the area to ensure credibility and transparency.
Recall that the #EndSARS protests in Lagos took a violent dimension following the Lekki Toll Gate shootings on Oct. 20.
Among the places attacked was the Palace of Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos

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End SARS: Looters of NYSC camp will be apprehended, prosecuted – IGP, Adamu

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has said that hoodlums who made away with items meant for corps members would be arrested and made to face the law.

Adamu said this on Friday after inspecting the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Kubwa, Abuja, NAN reports.

“It is very unfortunate that the camp was looted as we went round to see the destruction made by the hoodlums.

”The camp meant for the training of youths to enable them contribute to the development of the country has turned out to be the focus of looters.

“However, it is a good thing that corps members were not in camp during the unfortunate incident because it would have been a disaster,” he said.

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He also revealed that some of the items have been recovered, while some of the hoodlums have been arrested.

“A total number of 53 suspects have been arrested so far and would be charged to court.

“I urge Nigerians to anyone suspected to be in possession of the looted items to the nearest law enforcement agency.

“For those hoodlums who broke into this facility and stole, we will ensure that we track them and prosecute them,” Adamu added.

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