Collapsed building:12 killed, 42 in hospital as rescue operation continues

The dilapidated building in the densely-populated Lagos Island area suddenly collapsed on Wednesday morning

The dilapidated building in the densely-populated Lagos Island area suddenly collapsed on Wednesday morning

Children are among many people feared to be trapped after a building containing a school collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.

Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, told CBS News partner network BBC News that the building came down around 10 a.m. local time.

"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".

Ambode, who got to the scene of the incident at about 2:42pm, described the incident as unfortunate, however, appealing to residents to allow rescue operators the space to carry out their operations without any hindrance, so as to rescue more children still trapped under the rubbles.

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He said "at least 20 have been brought out" but did not say whether they were alive or dead.

"This incident has further highlighted the urgent take urgent action on issues of safety in schools across the country", country director Hussaini Abdu said. Dust-covered children, some moving and some still, were rushed to waiting ambulances throughout the afternoon and evening.

Adeshida, whose younger sister was the mother of the children, said she was angry because people had complained about the building for the last 12 years.

Many locals said that the building, which was in an advanced state of disrepair, had been "earmarked" for demolition by the authorities in Lagos state.

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The statement read: "The collapse of Lagos three-storey building is the height of criminal dereliction of duty which should attract immediate prosecution for the murder of all the officials of the Lagos state Urban Planning Department".

Building materials are often sub-standard and the enforcement of regulations in Nigeria is weak.

At least nine people were confirmed dead and several others injured after the collapse of the building said to have been erected about 30 years ago.

An inquiry found it had structural flaws and had been built illegally. In 2016, more than 100 people were killed when a church came down in southeastern Nigeria.

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