Pregnant woman, pupils, school proprietress die

•Nurse: Four pupils died minutes after being rushed to hospital

A pregnant woman, the school proprietor and tenants were among those who lost their lives yesterday when a three-storey building collapsed at Ita-Faji area of the Lagos Island.

It was learnt that the building had been earmarked for demolition, but occupants and owner had often pleaded with government that they didn’t have money to rent another apartment.

At least 20 people, including children were reportedly killed, including a set of twins. Most of the rescued victims were rushed to Massey Hospital, close to the scene and other hospitals.

A worker at the Massey Hospital, who spoke with New Telegraph on the condition of anonymity, said: “Four out of those brought to Massey Hospital died a few minutes after they were brought in. Also, six victims that were rushed to the General Hospital died around the same time.”

Angry hoodlums in the area pelted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode with sachets of water as he was about leaving the scene.

It was learnt that the school moved to the ill-fated building some years ago, after parents complained of the bad condition of the former building.

Distraught parents and residents of the building were seen around the scene of the rescue operation, hoping and praying that their loved ones would be rescued.

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