BREAKING!! Tears In Nigeria As 27 Dead, Several Trapped In Lagos Collapsed School Building




Lagos / Abuja – At least 27 people died on Wednesday where up to 100 children were among those feared trapped after a three-storey building housing Ohen Nursery and Primary School collapsed on No. 36 Massey Street, Ita Faji area of Lagos Island about 10a.m, witnesses said.
The building also accommodated tenants, according to residents.

At least 50 pupils, eight tenants, and 27 dead bodies had been pulled out of the rubble as at Wednesday evening, according to sources.

“We were in the market, when we heard ‘gboom,’” said Yemisi Bankole, the deputy head of Ita Faaji market.
Ohen Nursery and Primary School occupied the first and second floors of the collapsed building while residents live on the ground floor.

Upon the collapse of the building, men in the neighborhood rushed to the scene and were able to rescue few pupils before the arrival of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) officials and other rescue teams.
Witnesses said casualties and corpses were taken to nearby private and government hospitals.


Adesina Tiamiyu, the general manager of LASEMA who was present at the scene told journalists that people living in the area were very helpful as they had begun rescue operations before his team’s arrival.

He said many had been rescued while some deaths recorded.
“I can’t say how many persons rescued or dead. We met the local people in operation when we came in. Some had been rescued. The operation is still on,” he said.
A teacher, trapped with about 15 pupils under the rubble, called to seek help, while Julius Berger and other emergency services were on ground to assist in the rescue operation as at 2.48p.m.

Many parents were seen crying in front of Massey Children Hospital situated on the same street.
A resident who identified herself simply as Shekinah, said she never knew there was a school in the collapsed building because the government had marked the building for demolition more than three times.
“Government has marked it several times but they’ll only patch it and put tiles after bribing the officials,” another woman who declined to say her name added.
A pregnant woman, who is a resident of the building was among those rescued alive while the owner of the school also rescued alive later died at the hospital.

Kazeem Lawal, an member of the exco of Pashi Willoughby CDA, who is also a resident of the building also died in the collapsed building. He was said to be sleeping, having just returned from his night duty security job. His remains were brought out and taken to the General Hospital mortuary, Lagos Island.
A barber known as Adeyemo also lost one of his twin daughters to the incident as the first to be rescued survived the incident.
A mother of one of the victims by name Fatimo, wailed as the rescue operations continued on site. She could not be consoled as she cried to the officials on site to help save her child, who as at the time had not been rescued. Another mother of two appeared totally confused as only one of her children had been rescued alive while the other still remained trapped in the rubbles.
Government ambulances from nearby areas, including Onikan Health Centre and Massey Hospital ambulances were used in conveying the rescued victims.


The building, according to the son of the owner, Erinoluwa Akinmoladun, was constructed in 2010 and under the care of the developer who was to manage and hand over to his father after 10 years (2020).
Erinoluwa, who was at the scene assisting rescue workers, said his father, whom he left in the house, alongside his siblings, has been rescued, but he is not sure if all his siblings have been rescued from the debris.
As at the time of filing this report, a team of search and rescue operations were still on ground searching for more victims. These include LASEMA, 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; Nigerian Red Cross Society and Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps.\
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State blamed the landlord of the collapsed building for resisting government demolition plan.
Ambode, who visited the scene of the collapsed building said that many buildings were marked for demolition but the landlords resisted the plan.
He expressed sadness over the incident, stressing that the marked building for demolition would be pulled down.
He said the collapsed building was a residential house with the school operating illegally.
The governor said that the state government would take care of the hospital bills of those injured in the incident.
The governor said the state would investigate the building collapse, while ensuring that those marked were pulled down so as to save lives.
He said integrity test would also be carried out on other buildings in the area.
“As I speak, the deputy governor is now at the General Hospital, Marina, to see all the victims. The state government will take care of the hospital bills. I commiserate with families that lost their dear ones in the building.
“I learnt about 25 persons had been rescued. I appeal to the residents to allow the rescue operators to carry out their work so that more lives can be rescued,” he said.
Put Stop To Persistent Building Collapse, Buhari Tasks Lagos Govt
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Lagos State government to do all that is needful to stop persistent building collapse in the state.
The president gave the charge on Wednesday while consoling with victims and families of the school building that collapsed.


He said he was extremely saddened by the collapse of the building housing a school in Itafaaji area of Lagos, which left fatalities, particularly of small children.
He said he sympathised with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God’s comfort, while wishing the injured speedy and complete recovery.
He commiserated with the government and good people of Lagos State, and pledged the assistance of the Federal Government as may be required by the state.
“It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour,” the president said.


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