A pregnant woman, the proprietor of Ohen Nursery & Primary school and 19 others, no fewer than 12 pupils inclusive dies in the collapsed building at Massey Street, Itafaji on Lagos Island yesterday,13th March.
The National Emergency Management Agency said eight persons died, while 34 others were rescued in the wreckage of the building that collapsed at about 10 am, yesterday.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said it rescued 10 persons out of the wreckage, made up of 3 adults females, 1 adult male, 2 teenage boys, a boy and 3 teenage girls.
NAN gathered that about 10 different families occupied the first and ground floors, while the school occupied the second and fourth floors.
The building at 63 Massey Street, it was learnt that the building had been marked for demolition by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, however, the occupants of the building frustrated the demolition.
A resident of the collapsed building, named Akin said that the building was marked for demolition but that the developer found a way to stop the demolition.
Akin said he had gone to work, when he received the news of the incident and also stated that the owner did some renovation two years ago.
A neighbour, Mr Adewale Owoso likened the moment the building collapsed to a bomb explosion.
The medical staff said that six of those who were rushed to the Lagos General Hospital died.
A woman, named Mrs. Aishat Onilenla said, three of her sister’s children were trapped in the building and a friend of hers also has seven of her kids trapped in the collapse building.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who visited the scene said the government would ensure that the trapped victims were rescued.
Distraught parents of pupils and residents of the building jammed the scene of the rescue operation hoping that their children and relatives would come out alive.