Three storey-building housing primary school collapes in Lagos

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

Frantic rescue efforts were underway in Nigeria on Wednesday after a three-story school building collapsed while classes were in session, with scores of children thought to be inside.

Associated Press video from the scene on Wednesday shows at least one dust-covered child being carried out of the rubble.

Nigerian officials have called off search-and-rescue efforts a day after a building, with a school on the third floor, collapsed in Lagos with an unknown number of people inside.

Ambode said the school had been set up illegally and that buildings in the area had been undergoing structural testing prior to the accident. Final casualty figures were still being compiled and would be announced later, he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was extremely saddened by the news of the collapsed building that left many school pupils dead.

"Consequently, 1,842 sites were visited, 1,392 test advice notices were served and information on buildings identified as distressed were forwarded to the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for necessary action", he stated.

One of them is Lagos Island, a densely-populated area which is one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods.

Another angry protester who said her friend lost all three of her children in the disaster said it was inhumane to now be asked to make any form of payment either for the release of the bodies or for treatment of survivors.

"Most of the patients came in through General Hospital and Massey Children Hospital from where they were referred to other hospitals, including Lagos State University Teaching Hospital; Mainland General Hospital and General Hospital, Yaba".

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Bukola Salami, a former staff teacher in the school, who spoke with NAN said the proprietor of the school had been told to vacate the building, but she balked on account that she had no money to rent another apartment.

He, however, lauded the Lagos State Government for responding swiftly to the distress by deploying the emergency agency of the state for immediate rescue operation.

He also commiserated with the government and people of Lagos State, pledging assistance of the Federal Government as may be required by the state.

According to him, Lagos Island which used to be the historical base of Brazilian returnees, and a symbol of magnificent buildings, has become a citadel of building collapse because of activities of quack developers.

The school is located within a three-storey building.

Children shoes are seen among the ruble of a building collapse in Ita Faji, Lagos.

In September 2014, 116 people, 84 of them South Africans, died when a six-storey building collapsed as a celebrity televangelist was preaching.

An inquiry found extra floors had been added without planning permission.

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