Many pupils trapped as school building collapses in Lagos

Many children feared dead, trapped as school building collapses in Nigeria (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari @MBuhari tweeted: "I'm extremely saddened by the news of the collapsed building in Itafaaji area of Lagos".

Workers have reached the foundation of the collapsed three-storey building and don't expect to see any more bodies, IbrahimFarinloye, a National Emergency Management Agency official, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear why the building collapsed.

Residents say the school alone had around 100 pupils.

Firefighters and other emergency services worked through the night to find anyone still trapped.

Now she is praying fervently that her daughter recovers from her injuries. A parent, Jide Adebayo, whose five-year-old, Khalid, was yet to be rescued, said he was informed about the incident by a neighbour.

"I've been here for hours. It looks like a dream to me", she said.

In chaotic scenes, panicked parents, local residents and shocked onlookers rushed to the area as police, firemen and medics staged a massive rescue operation.

By the afternoon, most of the debris had been cleared away.

At the Lagos Island Hospital on Thursday, family members huddled around a list of survivors posted at the emergency unit.

The commissioner said in last year's briefing, the Ministry announced the embargo on the development of Petrol Filling Stations (PFS) in the State so as to take inventory and review requirements geared towards safety of lives and property, and orderly development.

The children were attending a nursery and primary school on the top floor of the residential building when the structure collapsed.

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

Covered in dust, he was alive but unconscious and appeared to be badly hurt.

The residents who spoke with our correspondent lamented the high number of lives that have been lost to the collapse of such buildings in the past. "Our teams are on the ground, the situation is confused", he told AFP.

The bodies of the dead, which reportedly included that of a pregnant woman, were deposited at the General Hospital mortuary. 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.

Members of the Lagos Island community joined forces with rescuers from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency to pull mostly children out of the rubble.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode arrived at the scene in the Ita Faji neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, explaining that "buildings in the area were undergoing integrity testing", Africanews.com reported.

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.

It is characterised by its Afro-Brazilian architecture, a style brought over by thousands of freed slaves who headed back home after decades working the plantations in Brazil.

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