Nigeria: Under construction 22-story high-rise building collapses in Lagos, dozens feared trapped

Rescuers are racing against time in search of survivors in the Nigerian city of Lagos after a 22-storey high-rise block collapsed during construction.

At least four people have died and dozens are missing.

A digger is at the scene and rescue workers and some locals are searching through rubble and twisted metal. Four survivors have been found so far.

What caused the collapse and exactly how many people are trapped under the rubble remains unclear.

In the meantime, local authorities have ordered an investigation into the collapse and pledged to make the final report public.

Femi Adesina, a special advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the president “commiserates with families who have lost loved ones”.

He added that the president had urged the authorities to step-up their rescue efforts.

The building came down at around 2:45pm local time in the upmarket district of Ikoyi.

It was part of a complex named 360 Degrees Towers, which was intended to house luxury apartments, town houses and penthouses, according the development’s website.

The housing scheme is being developed by Fourscore Homes Limited, which has a portfolio of projects in the UK, US, South Africa, and other areas of Nigeria.

Construction worker Eric Tetteh, 41, told reporters that his teams had been waiting for an excavator to arrive at the site when the building suddenly fell.

“Me and my brother, we escaped, but more people are there – more than 100 people,” he said.

Local authorities have put an emergency rescue plan into place, and local officials have visited the site.

There have been several building collapses in Lagos in recent years.

In 2019, 10 people died after a school collapsed in the commercial hub.

And in 2014, a six-storey building fell during a service by a celebrity televangelist, killing 116 people.

Building standards have often been criticised and Lagos state authorities recently launched a new scheme to improve certification.