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A three-storey building used as a warehouse for building materials at Orile Iganmu, Lagos collapsed late on Monday. The building, known as Adem International Shopping Complex, is by the busy Odunade Bus Stop.
Daily Sun learnt that the house collapsed under the weight of toilet water pump machines, which were stored on the middle floor. Our correspondent gathered that about 13 truckloads of the goods were kept in the building without permission from the owners of the building.
The owner of the goods, believed to have caused the sudden collapse of the building, was said to have travelled out of town after he gave instructions that the goods be stored in the building. Mr. Emeka Nzekwe, secretary of the Association of Shop Owners in the complex, said he could not confirm the name of the owner of the goods.
His words: “I cannot say this is his real name for now. All I know is that he loaded the building on the middle floor without telling anybody. And that is the cause of the collapse.
“The house which collapsed belongs to the Association. We would not know the next thing to do until the owner of these goods comes back.”
No life was lost in the incident. It was gathered that some other shop owners who were always available in the building had packed out. Other goods and personal belongings were also destroyed in the collapse.
Meanwhile, the police have cordoned off the entire building.