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I gave all tenants quit notice, says caretaker of collapsed 3-storey building in Lagos

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The landlord’s son, in whose care the collapsed three-storey building was entrusted, said that he gave the occupants of the building quit notice when he discovered the visible stress 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 quit notice was eventually handed over to the occupants which they failed to adhere to.

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

The said building 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.

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