A three-storey building in Lagos Island that is housing a school has collapsed killing dozens of pupils and residents.
The building, near Adeniji Adele, Lagos Island was said to have caved in around 10:20am on Wednesday.
According to reports, pupils of the school on the top floor of the building seems to account for the highest casualty of the building collapse.
The structure is reported to be a residential building with several apartments.
Station Magazine understand that emergency and rescue workers are currently at the scene of the incident.
In a related development, the Public Affairs Unit of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adebayo Kehinde, while speaking to the press, revealed that least 50 children have so far been rescued from a three-storeyed building.
“The search and rescue operation is presently ongoing with so many victims rescued alive from the collapsed building through combined efforts of LASEMA and other emergency responders such as the Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Federal Fire Service. Others include National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, Rapid Response Squad, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps.
“The exercise is being coordinated by the General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Mr Adesina Tiamiyu with the deployment of heavy and light rescue equipment from LASEMA and its stakeholders.”
See Twitter reaction:
UNTIL Government & the People go hard on standards of these buildings & so called "developers" in Lagos Island … Building Collapse scenes have already turned to normal scenes for us in Lagos Island & looks like it wont stop … So sad. ? pic.twitter.com/k4F3olbNxu
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) March 13, 2019
– Video : Parents trooping in to the Collapsed 3- storey building at itafaji, Lagos island in search of their kids.
– According to reports, over 100 students are trapped inside the collapsed building and are being dragged out. pic.twitter.com/QhIj8Onza0
— SubDeliveryZone (@SubDeliveryZone) March 13, 2019
The collapsed school at Itafaji in Lagos Island. Many pupils still trapped under building.
— Grace John❤ (@GraceJo30910269) March 13, 2019
I am greatly saddened by the loss of precious lives in the collapse of a building in Lagos Island today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in this unfortunate incident. pic.twitter.com/m8XJwq2kSM
— Akinwunmi Ambode (@AkinwunmiAmbode) March 13, 2019