Lagos school building collapse: Reno Omokri blames Buhari

Many children feared dead, trapped as school building collapses in Nigeria (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A number of school children were feared dead after a three-storey school building collapsed in Itafaji, Lagos Island on Wednesday, March 13.

He added that casualty figures were not yet available.

While sympathising with the parents of the victims, Ambode said efforts have been intensified to rescue more pupils still trapped beneath the rubbles.

"All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care", he said.

While some neighbours called it Baden, others said it was Ohen Nursery and Primary School.

In the crowd's midst stood ambulances, fire trucks and a fork lift.

An elderly lady, who identified herself as Iya Ibeji, said her younger sister's three children, whose name she gave as Amina, Yusuf and Mubarak Oloyede, were still trapped in the rubble.

Lagos, which has a population of 20 million people, is made up of a collection of islands.

A study produced by Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing concluded 54 buildings collapsed across the country within a period of four years, news outlet The Punch reported.

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In September 2014, 116 people, including 84 South Africans, were killed in Lagos after the collapse of a six-storey building in which a prominent televangelist was preaching.

Anguished families crowded around the flattened remains of the building holding out hope that more children would still be found alive in the wreckage. Engineers responsible for the construction are now on trial for manslaughter.

Presidency Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement he was "extremely saddened" by the building collapse.

"These houses are not safe". They promised to do the right thing, but unfortunately, we are hearing of building collapse everyday.

"The building has been marked for demolition, but the government officials always collect bribe from the owner which was the reason lasted till yesterday before it eventually caved in".

It questioned why the state has remained a hub for substandard buildings and collapse and blamed corruption for poor dispensation of justice in past cases.The Pioneer president of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Mr. Kunle Awobodu, on his part, blamed the tragedy on the use of non-professionals in construction. These buildings are not safe.

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

The Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Esinlokun, who visited the scene of the incident, said a notice for demolition was served on the building on Tuesday, a day before the building collapsed. "All defective structures should be pulled down and the culprits brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others".

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