By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
No fewer than four pupils were recovered and 42 others rescued from the three-storey building that collapsed on Massey Street, Lagos-Island.
The building located at 63 Massey Street, Ita Faaji, Lagos Island axis, was said to have collapsed at about 10:10 am when the victims were already within the structure.
The Guild gathered that the three-storey building which also accommodate a school, Ohen nursery and primary school, had been marked for demolition by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, several months ago.
It was learned that the owner of the building, despite the warning, added a Penthouse on it, which was also used for commercial and residential, caved in, trapping many under the rubble.
At the scene, it was gathered thatLagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Federal Fire Service. Others includes National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, Rapid Response Squad, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos State Neighborhood and Safety Corps, were still busy conducting rescue operations.
The management assured relatives that the list will be upgraded as more victims arrive.
A mild drama occurred when a pupil, Taoikat Rasheed, who was proclaimed dead by the Emergency rescue officials, resurrected at enroute morgue.
The pupil was about to be transferred to the Lagos Island morgue when relatives demanded that she be handed over to them.
They argued that the Islam forbids Embalmment of corps, demanding that she be buried according to Islamic rites.
Though the medical officials refused but after several plea from the relatives, they yielded, handing over the body.
While been wheeled into a waiting car, a relative conducted Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her and the 10-year-old wake up.
The deputy governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule, who sympathised with the parents at the hospital, implored them to allow all medical officials perform their duties, saying, they are working seriously inside to ensure that do not record any further death.
She said: “I have gone in to see the children and most of them are in stable condition. We are begging you to allow the medical team look after your children. We know you are pained and we can feel that you are hurt. Every minuets count. The Lord will heal them all and grant them speedy recovery.”