Owner of collapsed Lagos building 'defied' demolition order

Thursday March 14 2019
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Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019


A building that collapsed in Lagos on Wednesday killing at least 12 people had been marked for demolition by a construction agency, sources revealed.
Miss Bukola Salami, a former teacher in the school housed in the ill-fated building, said the owner of the learning institution had been told to move out, but resisted on account that she had no money to rent another apartment.

”The situation of the building forced me to resign from the school in December. It is unfortunate that such incident happened. It looks like a dream to me,” Ms Salami said.
A resident of the collapsed building at 63 Massey Street, who simply gave his name as Akin, said the developer found a way to rescue the property after it was marked for demolition by the State Building Control Agency.

Mr Akin said he was away at work, when he received the news of the incident, adding that the owner had done repairs two years ago.


Death toll rises to nine in collapsed Lagos school building

Thursday March 14 2019

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Another body has been recovered from the rubble of a building housing a school that collapsed in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, rescue workers said Thursday, taking the death toll to nine.
"We worked through the night and one body was recovered," the southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, told AFP.

The dilapidated building in the densely populated Lagos Island area of the city came down without warning on Wednesday morning.

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Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019

Locals, firefighters and other emergency services workers picked through the rubble to find those trapped, in chaotic scenes.
Thirty-seven people were rescued alive, Farinloye said on Wednesday night.

Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the building had been earmarked for demolition and a nursery and primary school was being run illegally on one of its floors.
School bags, toys and clothes were among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through wreckage.
Shopworker Adeniyi Afolabi, who lives nearby, gave the name of the school as the Ohen Nursery and Primary, and said there were 144 pupils in attendance on Wednesday.

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Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019.

Another local, Zion Munachi, also confirmed the name and the number of pupils. Both said not all children were at the school because of sports activities.
Joshua Yang, of the Lagos State Fire Service, said the nursery area of the building had now been cleared.
"There are no persons left in the rubble," he told the TVC News channel.

Building collapses are tragically common in Nigeria, where building regulations are routinely flouted.
In September 2014, 116 people died -- 84 of them South Africans -- when a six-storey guesthouse collapsed at the Lagos church complex of celebrity televangelist TB Joshua.
An inquiry found extra floors had been added without planning permission.
In 2016, at least 60 people were killed when the roof collapsed at a church in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, in the south.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency were still carrying out rescue and recovery operations at the site of the tragedy.
Reliable sources said that most of the victims rescued from the rubble on Wednesday died in hospital.
Ten families occupied the first and the ground floors, while the school occupied the second and fourth floors.


Seventeen of those rescued were taken to Massey Children Hospital, close to the scene of the tragedy, while others were taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital on Broad Street.
A worker at the Massey Children Hospital, said that four out of those brought in, died just minutes later.
The Lagos General Hospital also reported the deaths of six victims rushed there.

Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode visited the scene and reassured of the government's commitment to the rescue and recovery operations.
The Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Wasiu Esinlokun, who also visited the scene, said a notice for demolition was served on the building on Tuesday, a day before it collapsed.
Mr Esinlokun said that the Lagos State Government would ensure that victims of the incident were treated in hospitals for free.