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Nigeria school collapse: Pupils feared dead in Lagos

Breaking Many pupils feared dead as school building collapses in Lagos

The Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, has condemned the collapse of a three-storeyed building which left many feared dead in Itafaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday. Some witnesses estimated as many as 100 children. The structure also contained offices and residential units.

Tragedy struck, as the three storey building housing a school collapsed, killing and trapping many.

Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, resulting in fierce competition for land.

"I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building".

"We are still trying to find out how many are trapped inside", said police officer Seun Ariwyo, who said there were probably scores.

TVCNEWS.TV has gotten reports from its correspondent, Theophilus Elamah who tells us that 12 persons have been confirmed dead while 42 injured are now receiving treatment.

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

The four-storey building near Massey Children Hospital collapsed this morning while children were having classes on the third floor.

Adeshida, whose younger sister was the mother of the children, said she was angry because people had complained about the building for the last 12 years.

Footage from the scene in Lagos shows at least one dust-covered boy being carried out of the rubble.

Many locals said that the building, which was in an advanced state of disrepair, had been "earmarked" for demolition by the authorities in Lagos state.

In December 2016, at least 60 people were killed when a roof fell in on a church in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, in the east of the country.

It was not immediately clear why the building collapsed, but such disasters are all too common in Nigeria, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight and floors are added to already unstable buildings.