No fewer than fourteen persons including Nursery and Primary school pupils, lost their lives after a three-storey building caved in, yesterday, at Dagara, street, Ita Faaji, Lagos Island.
However, 24 of the trapped persons, the majority of who were females were rescued and rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital, where doctors battled to resuscitate them.
Some of the injured had fractures, bruises and severe cuts on part of their bodies, while scores of others were still trapped under the debris with rescue operators, including residents making frantic efforts to evacuate them.
The collapsed building and about 15 others on Dagara and Massey streets had been marked for demolition by the Lagos State Government.
Residents alleged that each time government officials came; owners of the affected buildings would give them money ranging from N30, 000 to N150, 000, depending on the number of floors, to prevent their buildings from being demolished.
The topmost floor of the three storey building that collapsed was occupied by Ohel Nursery and Primary school, with a penthouse on it.
The school had about 100 pupils as at the time of the incident. While the first floor was purely residential, the ground floor was for residential and commercial purposes.
The first, second and penthouse, as gathered, caved in at about 10.30am, burying the pupils, staff and residents.
Youths in the area were said to have commenced evacuation work before the arrival of rescue operators.
Residents, however, claimed that rescue operators arrived the scene about two hours later.
Among the first corpses brought out from the rubbles was that of a six-year-old Primary one pupil identified as Adeyemo Taiye, whose parents live in the same building. Her twin sister, Adeyemo Kehinde, was later brought out at about 2.19 pm, alongside a pregnant woman.
Kehinde who was struggling to remain conscious was rushed to the hospital while her mother, a petty trader, was seen wailing. The pupils being rescued.