12 pupils, pregnant woman, eight others die in collapsed building in Lagos

15 March, 2019, 01:02 | Author: Donnie King
  • Hopes fade Wreckage is searched

Emergency personnel rescue a child at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019.

The lady who was equally happy about the rescue of the school child pointed out that many pupils were still trapped in the building.

Several news outlets reported at least eight people died, as of Wednesday night.

At the Lagos Island General Hospital, there was no official confirmation of casualties since the authorities need time for identification.

"Most of the buildings in central Lagos are old and can not pass the structural integrity test", he told AFP.

He said that all the agencies responsible for monitoring buildings should be more proactive in discharging their mandates, if the issue of building collapse must stop.

Earlier, Ibrahim Farinloye, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria's southwest region, also said it was hard to give accurate casualty figures as the rescue operation, which he coordinated, was still ongoing.

"The third floor of the building is housing a private school in the area".

Some residents in the area, however, describe the address of the building as 14, Massey Street, Ita-Faji.

Ambode said the school was operating illegally in the premises and that a full scale investigation would be carried out immediately rescue operations are concluded.




NEMA has said that 37 people were rescued alive.

Parents had told CNN on Wednesday that many buildings in the commercial hub in downtown Lagos were not safe.

Ambode, the state governor, said his deputy was visiting hospitals and that the government would cover the hospital bills of survivors.

An eyewitness, Bola Ogunyemi, has shared a narrative that the deceased principal of Ohen Nursery and Primary School that was part of the collapsed building already made moves to save the pupils before the building collapsed.

Sunday said his family lived on the second floor of the building and he sent his boys to school there so they wouldn't have to travel far.

School bags, toys and clothes were seen among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through the wreckage.

In September 2014, 116 people died when a six-storey building collapsed in Lagos where a celebrity televangelist was preaching.

A middle-aged woman simply identified as Medinat, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said: "The government should come and demolish all these houses in my neighbourhood; this one that collapsed, they marked it since past year but they cleaned the mark by the government and continued staying there, even the government never came back".

The children's rights group Plan International Nigeria called on the Lagos state government to "launch an inquiry into the incident, and ensure that all persons found culpable for dereliction of duties are punished".

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