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Many Feared Dead As Mosque Collapses In Lagos (Photos)




A mosque in the Papa Ajao area of Lagos State collapsed on Sunday afternoon, leaving many people dead and others injured.

Naija News learnt that the mosque collapsed during afternoon prayer.

Confirming the incident, the permanent secretary of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement, said the mosque building collapsed after it was accidentally hit by an excavator, which was clearing the road.

According to him, a total of 10 worshippers were trapped beneath the rubble of the building, out of which one of them died, one was seriously injured, and others were rescued.


The statement read, “Upon arrival at the scene at 01:40 pm, a storey building was found to have collapsed and preliminary investigation carried out upon arrival at the scene revealed that an excavator clearing the road recklessly hit a mosque (a storey building) by the road side which resulted to the mosque collapsing as prayer was about to commence. Four victims were immediately rushed to the hospital.

“A total of 10 people were trapped beneath the rubble. Search and Rescue of the victims trapped under the rubbles under the supervision of the PS was conducted with the aid of the Agency’s heavy duty equipment Crane, Hiab and an excavator.

“One adult was retrieved dead while the others received pre-hospital care on the scene from the Agency’s Pre Hospital Care Unit. One with serious injuries was transferred to hospital.”


See photos from the scene below:


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