Woman loses 5 children in Lagos school building collapse

Woman loses 5 children in Lagos school building collapse

Woman loses 5 children in Lagos school building collapse

Workers from the Red Cross and police shovelled debris away as thousands of people swarmed around the accident site, before heavy lifting equipment began to arrive.

As many as 100 children had been in the primary school on the building's top floor, some witnesses said.

The building, according to available information, collapsed shortly after the school, which is on the topmost floor, resumed.

Responding to a concern raised by a resident on the increase in illegal schools in the area, Governor Ambode said all schools that fall within that category would be closed down.

With rescue and recovery operations continuing into the night, total death toll of victims and survivor count have not been finalised.

Legit.ng correspondent on ground at the scene of the incident reports that the people expressed their displeasure at the spate of building collapse in the area, and angrily asked the governor to leave as they blamed the state government for the recurring incident.

At the time, members of the Reigners Bible Church International said that construction on the church was rushed so that the building would be ready in time for a bishop to be ordained the day it collapsed.

Local media say it is a residential building with several apartments. They cheered as the child was lifted out.

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Rescue efforts were expected to continue through the night Wednesday.

Associated Press video from the scene showed at least one dust-covered child being carried out of the crumbled concrete.

Many locals said that the building, which was in an advanced state of disrepair, had been "earmarked" for demolition by the authorities in Lagos state.

Onlookers crowded around in the densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and a city of some 20 million people.

Despite efforts to renovate the area, a large number of buildings remain abandoned or in a state of disrepair which have been taken over by families or businesses, despite being dilapidated and unsafe.

In September 2014, 116 people, including 84 South Africans, were killed in Lagos after the collapse of a six-storey building in which a prominent televangelist was preaching.

Building materials are often sub-standard and the enforcement of regulations in Nigeria is weak.

An inquiry found it had structural flaws and had been built illegally.

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