One person was, yesterday [May 12], confirmed dead while others sustained injuries when a container fell on adjoining shanties during relocation of containers at Sifax Container Terminal, Ijora, Lagos.
It was learned that the three containers fell from the rack onto the structures while the occupants were still asleep. The deceased was simply identified as Ezinne, while the injured were identified as Babatunde Ademowo and Jide James.
According to Vanguard, the tragedy occurred between 4.00am and 5.00am during the heavy downpour experienced across the state, yesterday.
The Emergency Rescue Team comprising Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Nigerian Police and others were at the scene recovering the deceased from the rubble.
Sources told Vanguard that the Sifax container terminal located at 110/112 Ijora Road few meters away from Ijora Bus-stop, embarked on night arrangement of their containers, which eventually fell on the structures in the community.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, General Manager, Mr. Akin Akindele, said that the agency’s assessment indicated that operational activities were carried out without floodlights and safety procedures.