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Eight dead, 37 rescued in Nigeria school collapse

Eight dead, 37 rescued in Nigeria school collapse

A set of young twins were among pupils that died when a three-storey building housing their school collapsed at about 10am at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island.

Bola Tinubu, says the children who died on Wednesday's building collapse in Lagos Island did not deserve to die the way they did, describing the incident as tragic. Students were already attending class on the top floors of the structure and more than 100 children are believed to be enrolled in the school, the Associated Press reported.

The school, it was noted, occupied the penthouse, second and third floor.

During the governor's visit to the area, Ambode added that many houses in the area had structural problems and would be demolished.

However, the occupants frustrated the demolition.

While some Nigerians were excited by the boy's rescue, others expressed concern about how the massive crowd gathered at the site of the collapsed building.

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

The incident took place near Itafaji market on Lagos Island at around 10:00 am (0900 GMT).

The collapsed building was a residential block containing a number of apartments as well as the school, according to BBC News.

NEMA Public Relations Officer (PRO), in the South West Region, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the number of death, said that 37 others were rescued from under the debris by rescuers. This is one tragedy too many, given that most of the victims are school children.

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"This is unfortunate but we will investigate what has happened and also see the punishment for whoever are the culprits".

"It looks like a dream to me".

One local resident who witnessed the moment of collapse said there was no warning. A parent, Jide Adebayo, whose five-year-old, Khalid, was yet to be rescued, said he was informed about the incident by a neighbour.

He also stated that the owner did some renovation two years ago.

Owoso said: "We were just sitting down in front of the school, when we heard a loud sound".

"In a systematic approach to curtail occurrences of building collapse, 149 distressed building were identified at different locations of which 40 of such have been removed while the next phase of 38 structurally defective structures have been earmarked for removal".

"Dozens of children were trapped inside", said Adesina Tiamiyu, head of Lagos state emergency management agency (SEMA), which is supervising the rescue operation.

"It is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school", said Ambode, the state governor, confirming that most buildings in the area had been marked for demolition but saying some landlords had defied the move.

Hundreds of families have been keeping vigil at the three leading hospitals in Lagos, where victims of the building collapse are receiving treatment.

Some anxious parents have arrived at the scene while others have gone to a local hospital to look for their children, he adds.


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