We've lost too many lives already.

In Nigeria, the news of a building collapse will elicit a number of emotions; from anguish to sympathy for the victims and anger towards the government but one reaction it always fails to evoke is 'shock'. 

Some say Nigeria is a ticking time-bomb while others believe the country is just a jungle but whichever word you've chosen to describe this country, we can all agree on something; Nigeria is actively trying to kill you. 

Nigeria has lost too many lives to building collapses, each gorier than the next with tongues blaming the government, the use of sub-standard building materials, poor workmanship or sometimes, even the victims. 

Here are five building collapses that should force us to wake up

1. The Jos Building Collapse

1. The Jos Building Collapse

Like the Lagos Island Building Collapse, the school building that caved-in on a Sunday in 2014 injured and killed many school children. The Abu Naima Primary and Secondary School in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area collapsed, trapping about 30 pupils.

According to The Punch, The National Emergency Management Agency attributed the collapse to structural defects, saying the building was originally a bungalow before it was converted to a two-storey building. Its foundation could not support the weight in the end.

Of 30 puipils who were said to be below the age of ten, 10 pupils lost their lives. 

2. The Synagogue Building Collapse

2. The Synagogue Building Collapse

With 116 lives lost and over a 100 injured, the synagogue building collapse stands at the worst building collapse the country has ever witnessed. 


It occurred in the Ikotun area of Lagos on September 12, 2014, where a crowded six-storey guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed, trapping about 300 people. The collapse not only shook the nation but South Africa as 85 of the victims were said to be from the African country.

3. Lekki Building Collapse

3. Lekki Building Collapse

Although building collapses are rare in wealthy areas of the country, tragedy struck when a building collapsed in Lekki on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. 

Around 3am, shortly after a windstorm, a five-storey building under construction at Lekki Gardens collapsed, killing no fewer than 34 persons and injuring many others. While most of those killed were workers, a woman and her six-month-old baby also lost their lives. 

4. Building Collapse in Ebute Metta

4. Building Collapse in Ebute Metta

Whoever said thunder does not strike in the same place obviously hasn't been to Nigeria. In 2010, a building collapsed in Ebute Metta, taking the lives of several people. Three years later, another building collapsed in the same area of Lagos, killing seven people. 

The three-story building, which had been marked for demolition was located at Oloto Street, Ebute Meta. In the early hours of the morning, the building collapsed trapping over 10 people including a pregnant woman and a one-year-old baby who were said to have lost their lives. 

5. Bank Of Industry Building Collapse

5. Bank Of Industry Building Collapse

In March 2006, the top nine floors of a 21-storey building belonging to the Bank of Industry, which was located on the popular Broad Street, Lagos Island, caved in.

 Days prior to the collapse, a fire was reported to have gutted two floors in the building, weakening the structure. The building eventually collapsed, killing two people and injuring 23 others.

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