The three-story structure that collapsed at 14 Ikpoh Street in Surulere, Lagos, was declared completely safe on Saturday by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The event was reported to NAN in Lagos by Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the NEMA territorial coordinator.
On Friday night, about 10:00 p.m., the structure collapsed.
Businessman Mr. Gervase Anyanwu, who was a resident of the building, informed NAN that everyone else was able to flee before it collapsed altogether.
He said there was a large sound in one of its wings before it fell completely.
“Immediately we heard the sound, all the occupants of the building gathered at the mustard point before evacuating for safety.
“No casualty was recorded,” Anyanwu said.
Anyanwu said the immediate evacuation of the occupants was “simply by the grace of God”.
However, NAN gathered from another resident of the street that the building had shown serious signs of distress before it came down.
As at the time of this report, excavation of the rubble from the building was yet to commence, but all the relevant government agencies in charge of emergency were present at the scene.