2 killed, 8 injured after building collapses in Nigeria

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FILE PHOTO: Residents stand amid the rubble at the site of a collapsed building in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

At least two people were killed and eight others injured on Saturday after a residential building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.

Ibrahim Farinloye, an official with the national emergency management agency, confirmed the accident, saying the three storey building collapsed at 20 Freeman street, Lagos Island at about 3 a.m. local time (3:00 GMT).

He told Xinhua that rescuers have discovered two bodies from the ruins, and rescued eight persons who have been transferred to the hospital.

Farinloye said clearance and removal of rubbles continue.

Residents living in the area said the building had been under renovation.

Police have cordoned off the area amid rescue efforts, said one of the residents only identified himself as Yusuf.

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