Days after the incident of building collapse occurred at the popular Ita-faaji settlement within Lagos island metropolis, not fewer than fifty people have so far been rescued, urban express News online has leant
Although it was gathered that about ten persons, which include four students were feared dead as result of suffocation that might give room for such but then, the government and safety officers are yet to come up with the actual figure of causalities
Urban express news online Correspondent also gathered that the building status contains four flours with mixed uses that consist of residential and commercial developments under school category, precisely called Ohen Nursery and primary school
our correspondent equally sighted rescue equipment from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency deployed in the site which is ongoing at the moment.
Other emergency responders such as the Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Federal Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, Rapid Response Squad, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Red Cross Society and the Lagos State Neighbourhood and Safety Corps were also present.
A resident of the area, identified simply as Adewale Arojo, said the building collapsed was as a result of its dilapidated state, alleging that some government officials after playing their parts issuing demolition notice to many that happened to fall in such categories, owners usually use political patronage to scuttle every of the process, making government officials look irresponsible after everything because those political bigwigs would have spoken to their heads and then, after all said and done, nothing comes out as a result".
When urban express news correspondent visited the Lagos Island General Hospital, no fewer than four pupils were brought in dead and 42 names were made available by the management as those rescued and responding to treatment.
An Octogenarian simply identified as Mama Yetunde whose grandson attends the school told our urban express news that one of her son is in critical condition.
The father of a survivor simply identified as baba Chiamaka, said his eight-year-old daughter, Chiamaka, had gone to the school on her own.
“She is my last born. She went on her own to the school this morning, because it is not far from where we live. I was in the bathroom and saw the building collapse when I looked through the window. At first, I thought it was a bomb blast. I thank God that my daughter survived it,” baba chiamaka said.
Our Correspondent also gathered that due to pressure on the Lagos Island General Hospital, many victims were being referred to the Massey Children Hospital and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.
In an interview yesterday on channels news @10, and that which is monitored by urban express news correspondent, the general manager of Lagos state emergency management Authority, Mr Adeshina Tiamiyu said the number of causalities cannot be ascertained until the rescue operation is over
“So far, we have been able to rescue over 40 people. When we finish the rescue operation we can give an accurate number of the victims in collaboration with the medical personnel,” he stated.
The governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who got to the scene of the building collapse around noon described the incident as unfortunate request residence to allow rescuers to carry out their operation devoid of a hindrance
Hear Him, “I want to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up the rescue operation.
“Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more trapped victims.”
Also commiserating with victims is President Mohammadu Buhari, who in his word said he was extremely saddened by the collapse of the building, which claimed lives, including schoolchildren.
He condoled with the families of the victims and the Lagos State Government and wished those who were injured speedy recovery.
“It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of incident, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as saying.