How school children died in Lagos building collapse

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A set of young twins were among pupils that died when a three-storey building housing their school collapsed at about 10am at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island.

Forty-three persons, including tenants, had been rescued from the rubble by yesterday evening and rushed to the General Hospital, Lagos, while many others, mostly school pupils, were still trapped in the ruins.

The bodies of the dead, which reportedly included that of a pregnant woman, were deposited at the General Hospital mortuary.

The twins were pupils of Baden Private Primary School, located at 10, Dagara Street, Ita-Faji. The school occupied the second and third storeys of the collapsed building, with a penthouse also part of it. Shops, offices and a business centre occupied the ground floor.

Some residents in the area, however, describe the address of the building as 14, Massey Street, Ita-Faji.

There was confusion with regard to the correct name of the school itself.

While some neighbours called it Baden, others said it was Ohen Nursery and Primary School. Whatever sign that could confirm the school’s name, and even the right address, had been destroyed in the debris

It was gathered that the school had an estimated population of 170 pupils, most of them in classes when the building came down.

Teachers on duty in the classes were also said to have been trapped in the ruins.

There were indications that the owner of the building, one Akinmoladun, was among those rescued from the collapse. His son, Erinoluwa Akinmoladun, told rescuers he had alerted his father earlier that morning about how weak the building was and its possibility of collapsing soon.

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