Building Collapse In Lagos, Nigeria, Leaves Dozens Of Children Trapped

Ambode Begins Demolition Of Defective Buildings On Lagos Island

He said the meeting was necessary as a platform for comprehensive deliberation among the players, on how to tackle the issue of building collapse in Lagos state.

The president while offering his commiserations to the families of the victim, charged the Lagos State government to take measures to prevent the recurrence of the incident.

She said the site had been marked for demolition but developers repainted it and rented out the space.

The party called on relevant regulatory authorities across the country to do all necessary to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

Witnesses said almost a dozen students had been pulled from the ruins, but it was not yet clear if any were dead.

An AFP reporter at the scene saw at least eight people pulled from the wreckage, including a small boy with blood on his face.

Unless something urgent is done, we may be witnessing more building collapses, as over 1000 buildings in Lagos Island have been allegedly certified distressed.

The Lagos emergency management agency said 10 people had been recovered alive since emergency responders arrived, and others beforehand. Rescue efforts are underway in Nigeria after a three-story school building collapsed while classes were in session, with scores of school children thought to be inside at the time.

"Landlords who convert residential buildings to commercial purposes should be sanctioned". She claimed her sister's three children; Amina, Yussuf and Mubarak Oloyode were yet to be rescued and that their mother, Ganiyat, fainted when she heard the sad news and was yet to be revived in the hospital.

Thirty-seven persons, mostly pupils, were rescued, according to figures released by Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (Southwest).The school occupied the first and second floors, while the ground floor and third storey were residential.

"All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care", he said.

"They were quick to rescue one of the twins, which is Kehinde".

Lagos Island is the historic heart of the metropolis, which is home to an estimated 20 million people, and also home to its central business district. "Rescue efforts are still ongoing, we appeal to residents to allow rescue efforts go on smoothly".

Building collapses are tragically common in the city and elsewhere in Nigeria, where building regulations are routinely flouted.

Speaking with newsmen, Ambode said: "I have been told it is an old and illegal building".

Rescue workers and emergency teams rush to the scene.

At least 100 worshipers were killed in a church in the southern state of Akwa Ibom after the roof caved in during a Sunday service in 2016.

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