Governor Akinwumi Ambode has disclosed that Ohen Private Nursery and Primary School which was on the building that collapsed in Lagos Island on Wednesday was operating illegally.
Mr. Ambode said this on Wednesday when he visited the scene, promising that a full scale investigation would be launched.
He described it as unfortunate and vowed that those found culpable would be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.
Two main private school associations, the Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED) and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), have also denied any link with the collapsed school.
The National President of AFED, the umbrella group of private schools for low-income earners, Mr Emmanuel Orji, told the press that the group had no records of the school’s membership.
“We have tried searching for information about the school. I don’t think it is one of our members,” he said.
At least 18 persons died when a four-storey building, housing the school collapsed. Forty-one others were injured.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the casualty figure, said many of the rescued were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), among others.
The Lagos State Emergency management Agency (LASEMA) General Manager Adeshina Tiamiyu, said over 41 people were rescued from the rubble of the building, which had been marked for demolition since 2014.
The incident occurred at No 14, Massey Street, Opposite Oja, Ita-Faaji.
The school owner was among the first casualties. She was rushed to the General Hospital, but died after efforts by doctors failed to save her life.