Children feared trapped after building collapses in Nigeria

Children feared trapped after building collapses in Nigeria

Parents have rushed to the scene of a collapsed building which housed a primary school, in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Kehinde Adebayo who confirmed the incident, said that emergency officials were already on ground to attend to the situation.

The rescue operations are however, suffering hitches, as rescuers are finding it hard to gain access into the building with their equipments.

"The third floor building is housing a private school in the area".

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday blamed the landlord of the collapsed building on Lagos Island which claimed lives for resisting government demolition plan.

"I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building", the governor said in a post on his Facebook page that also urged onlookers to "give the rescue workers the chance to save more lives". It was not yet clear how many died.

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He went on to "charge the Lagos State Government to do all that is needful, so that such tragic developments do not recur". We met the local people in operation when we came in.

Lagos, which has a population of 20 million people, is made up of a collection of islands.

It is characterised by its Afro-Brazilian architecture, a style brought over by thousands of freed slaves who headed back home after decades working the plantations in Brazil.

Materials are often sub-standard and there is weak enforcement of regulations, correspondents say.

He added that the rescue team would remain on the scene until they can confirm that no one is left under the debris.

An inquiry found it had structural flaws and had been built illegally. In 2016, a church roof caved in on a crowded congregation in Uyo, a city in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people.

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