Building Collapse: Caretaker Blames Tenants’ Refusal To Leave Despite Quit Notice

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The building at 24 Ibadan Street, off Herbert Macaulay Way, Ebute-Meta, collapsed on Sunday night, killing eight occupants, while 23 of them were rescued alive.

*The building that collapsed in Ebute-Meta

PEGASUS REPORTERS, LAGOS | MAY 12, 2022

The caretaker of the collapsed building in Lagos has laid the blame for the incident on the stubbornness of tenents who rebuffed his quit orders. The landlord’s son, in whose care the collapsed three-storey building in Ebute-Meta was also entrusted, said that he gave the occupants of the building a notice to quit when he discovered the visible distress on it.

The caretaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told emergency responders and newsmen on Monday in Lagos that he was living in the building with other occupants when he noticed signs of distress.

“I had to leave the building and rented an apartment in the same vicinity,” the caretaker said.

He said that the notice to quit was eventually handed over to the occupants but they failed to comply.

The caretaker said that he had not collected rental fees from the tenants for a long time as he expected them to pack out.

The building at 24 Ibadan Street, off Herbert Macaulay Way, Ebute-Meta, collapsed on Sunday night, killing eight occupants, while 23 of them were rescued alive.

Emergency workers have been working round the clock to get to ground zero of the building.

(NAN)

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  1. Joseph Afenikhena

    At times the some tenants are not willing to leave despite much pressure given to them by the caretaker or the landlord.
    Well, this will serve as a good lessons to everyone living in a bad home that is not ok. God will continue to protect everyone.

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