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Lagos building collapse victims families protest request for payment before treatment

15 March, 2019, 01:01 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Emergency teams were at the scene of a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, March 13.

"It is believed that many people including children are now trapped in the building", said Ibrahmi Farinloye, a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency's southwest region.

Initial reports had said eight children had died.

A visit by the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent to the General Hospitals in Marina and Gbagada in Lagos, on Thursday, showed that some of the patients had been stabilised, while others were still being attended to.

Ambode also said the school had been set up illegally and that buildings in the area were undergoing integrity testing.

The South-West Zonal Head of Public Affairs of the Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye said the rescue operation was ongoing as at 8pm.

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. Both said not all children were at the school because of sports activities. "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 lives", the governor said.

"On the part of the government, we would immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills", he said.

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A three-storey building, which had a school on its top floor, fell on Wednesday.

There are cheers as a small child is pulled from the ruins of a collapsed three-story building in Lagos, Nigeria.

Families of survivors of the building that collapsed in Lagos have stormed a hospital premises in the state that was reportedly demanding for nothing less than N150,000 before commencing comprehensive treatment of the survivors.

According to him, Lagos Island which used to be the historical base of Brazilian returnees, and a symbol of magnificent buildings, has become a citadel of building collapse because of activities of quack developers.

In September 2014, 116 people died - 84 of them South Africans - when a six-storey building collapsed in Lagos where a celebrity televangelist was preaching.

Deadly building collapses occur frequently in Nigeria due to poor implementation of construction rules.

Ambode said that many buildings were marked for demolition but the landlords resisted the government's plan.

A middle-aged woman simply identified as Medinat, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said: "The government should come and demolish all these houses in my neighbourhood; this one that collapsed, they marked it since a year ago but they cleaned the mark by the government and continued staying there, even the government never came back".

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