Buhari, Saraki, Ambode mourn victims of Lagos Building collapse

Buhari, Saraki, Ambode mourn victims of Lagos Building collapse

Buhari, Saraki, Ambode mourn victims of Lagos Building collapse

I urge people to cooperate with officials working on rescue efforts.

"LASBCA and other building regulatory authorities alone can not properly monitor to detect when buildings are defective or when illegal constructions are going on, without the support of the residents".

While visiting the scene of the incident, the governor said the school and shops in the three-storey building, were not authorized and were operating "illegally" in the building, which is meant exclusively for residential purposes.

Scenes of jubilation erupted earlier in the day when a man was brought out alive.

At least 12 persons, including schoolchildren, have been confirmed dead, but with rescue efforts still ongoing at the scene of the incident, the figures of both survivors and the dead could yet rise.

DAILY POST reported that at least, 50 children have been rescued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as other security agencies.

Ambulances, fire trucks, and heavy building equipment were standing by to help with the search-and-rescue effort, which continued as night fell. In the crowd, a baby cried.

The collapse came as President Muhammadu Buhari, newly elected to a second term, tries to improve groaning, inefficient infrastructure in Africa's most populous nation.

Hundreds of people had cheered Wednesday as dust-covered, shocked-looking children were carried out one by one. But the crowd quieted as others were pulled out slung over rescuers' shoulders, unmoving.

Around 41 people have been rescued from the building, which collapsed in the Ita-Faji area of Lagos Island, authorities said.

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General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Tiamiyu Adesina, center, updates the press at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday March 14, 2019. An unknown number remain missing.

The children were attending a nursery and primary school on the top floor of the residential building when the structure collapsed.

Also, Dr Saliu Oseni, the Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association said that the association had been going round the hospitals to monitor the treatment of the victims.

Soon after the collapse, local residents started evacuating victims.

Speaking to journalists after assessment, he said: "The incident is noted and investigations will be launched to forestall future occurences".

"Above all, we must all take appropriate lessons and learn from this sad incident".

A woman cries as a body of a child is recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview with NAN, Awobodu said his group had brought such distressed buildings to the notice of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for demolition.

School bags, toys and clothes were among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through the wreckage.

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