Lagos police commissioner orders evacuation of residents from Ikeja Barracks after collapsed building killed 2

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Residents of two other residential blocks at the Lagos Police barracks, Ikeja, have been ordered to quit  the buildings.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, gave the order while monitoring the demolition of a collapsed building in the barracks. The other two blocks to be vacated, located adjacent the collapsed W block building, are blocks V and U.

Tragedy struck in the early hours of Sunday when the toilets and stairway of wing D of the block collapsed at about 4.00 a.m.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, said that bodies of two dead men were recovered after the incident.

The victims were identified as one Mr. Danjuma, a police officer, and another male relative of Mr. Danjuma, whose identity is yet to be confirmed. Their bodies have since be deposited at the Mainland Hospital Mortuary, Yaba.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, said the agency and other stakeholders commenced immediate demolition of the affected building under the directive of Mr. Owoseni.

Mr. Tiamiyu had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that the collapsed building failed integrity test twice.

PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed that residents of the collapsed building had been served eviction notice on two occasions, but they refused to leave.

“They have been told to leave the building more than twice. Even, there was a time their doors were removed,” a resident of the barracks who declined to have his name in print, said.

“We thought they would leave but they didn’t leave. I think that was when government should have come for this demolition exercise.”

Efforts to speak with other residents of the building proved abortive as they refused to talk to journalists.

Meanwhile, checks by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that many of the buildings in the barracks are in decrepit conditions.

Some of the buildings showed visible cracks and signs of weakness.

A police officer who spoke with our correspondent but craved anonymity said that most of the buildings are in a mess. He pleaded with the media to help publicise the terrible state of the police buildings.

“As you can see by yourself, most of the buildings here are in terrible conditions. Our living condition here is poor,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that residents of the two other  buildings marked for demolition have been served two-weeks evacuation notice.´

The spokesperson of the Lagos Police, Dolapo Badmus, could not be reached to comment on the deadline given to the residents or whether an alternative had been provided for them.


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  • Intrepid

    This looks like a Sao Paulo Ghetto. Nigeria is a real hell on earth.

    • Papa Ogihwriodo

      MY CHILDREN,

      I don’t understand what is going on nowadays. I sent somebody yesterday, I think around 3.30pm, to go to Effurun, near me here, to buy one chicken for me to eat today for Christmas. He brought the chicken around 5pm and it was
      a good chicken. It was white in colour and a bit big. It cost me 2,400 Naira but transport to and fro add extra money.

      I now tied the chicken very well with rope to the big pole in my compound. I woke up now I cannot see the chicken, only the rope is left on the pole. Do chickens have hidden hands now to loose rope? What is all this for God sake?

      I now asked my neighbour this afternoon. He said he did not see chicken. He said he himself took only pap
      today to manage, since President Buhari has spoilt Nigeria completely. But I notice my neighbourhood put
      toothpick in his mouth when he was talking to me. Do Nigerians now use a toothpick after taking pap?
      This thing I am saying to you is as painful to me as this Police College house that fell down in Lagos.

      • Alex Gogome

        Hahahahahaha! Papa you no go kill person! The way I view this story you told us
        is that the same thing that made your chicken to dis-appear is the reason the Police
        Barracks in Lagos state collapsed. That means, STEALING. If the budget for the
        maintenance of the Police College was used to renovate there’ll be no sudden
        collapse. I get the message. Elders will always use proverbs to pass message.

        • CeeCee1818

          True, Africa inherits sound infrastructure and watch it deteriorate.

      • CeeCee1818

        Lol!! You missed your calling of funny story telling. What’s pap though if I may ask?

      • Iskacountryman

        of course, pap now is made from plastic corn…

  • Tunsj

    Can’t believe what I’m seeing. This is ridiculous.

  • isioku

    And we expect these ones to have the rest of mind to fight crime?

  • Iskacountryman

    you ask them to move out…to where?