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Nine persons have been rescued from a sinking building in the Maryland area of Lagos on Monday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

Confirming the incident, The Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South West region, Ibrahim Farinloye said the agency received a distressed alert about a sinking where nine people were trapped.

“NEMA advance team close observations called for more reinforcement of personnel. One of the trapped victims, Ms Blessing disclosed that they are up to nine people mostly women that are trapped.”

“The landlord of the building had use ladder to escape but NEMA questioned him for failure to contact emergency responders but someone from one of the trapped victim’s office contacted NEMA.

He added that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Fire and Rescue Service, and Police Disaster Management Unit have joined NEMA to carry out rescue operations.