Itafaaji collapsed building: Lagos residents disagree as LASEMA claims rescue of all trapped victims

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The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Adeshina Tiamiyu, says there is no casualty left under the debris of the collapsed three-storey building in the Ita-Faaji area of Lagos Island.

However, some residents of Massey street where the building collapsed have faulted the claims of LASEMA that it has rescued all those trapped under the building.

The residents who were enraged by LASEMA claims, insisted that there are still casualties trapped under in the debris of the collapsed building.

But Tiamiyu said the rescue operations has reached the base of the destruction, as he debunked claims that over 100 pupils were trapped in the collapsed building on No. 63 Massey Street, Ita Faaji area of Lagos Island.

In disaster management, Ground Zero refers to the point of most severe destruction or damage. The building, which housed a primary school on its second floor, caved in on Wednesday morning while pupils were in their classrooms.

The LASEMA boss, while speaking at the site of the collapsed building on Thursday morning, said, “I have seen the picture of the building before it collapsed and I can confirm to you that the floor that housed the school cannot accommodate up to 100 pupils.”
“We stopped work at 3am after recovering the lifeless body of a male and we are sure there is no casualty left under the debris,” he added.

Tiamiyu, however, said he could not give the casualty figure but the ministry of health would release the accurate figure later in the day.

When he visited the scene on Wednesday, the governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, said buildings within the vicinity would be subjected to integrity tests, adding that any building that failed the test would be demolished.

His words, “This area and building here will be undergoing an integrity test. As you can see some of the buildings have been marked for demolition.

“We have been receiving pleas from house owners from the area. Notwithstanding, we will go ahead with the integrity test and any building that fails the integrity test will be demolished.

“But the most important thing now is to save more lives before we talk about dealing with the culprit.”

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