Rescue operation is now ongoing at Ita-faji, Lagos Island, where over 100 pupils are reportedly feared dead following the collapse of a three-storeyed building, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has said.
The school was on the last floor.
Adebayo Kehinde, spokesperson of Agency said, “the search and rescue operation is presently ongoing with so many victims rescued alive from the collapsed building through combined efforts of LASEMA and other emergency responders such as the 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. Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps. The exercise is being coordinated by the General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu with the deployment of heavy and light rescue equipment from LASEMA and its stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State governor, Akinwumnu Ambode, who later arrived the scene of the building collapse, said from the briefing he got from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency boss, 25 bodies have been rescued so far.