School children are among those feared trapped in a building that collapsed in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos on Wednesday morning (local time), an emergency agency spokesman said. Members of the crowd held up an oxygen mask to the face of a young girl pulled from the rubble.
The school is said to have been on the top floor of the three-storey building in Ita Faji on Lagos island. Witnesses said almost a dozen students had been pulled from the ruins, but it was not yet clear if any were dead.
It was learnt that the structure collapsed around 10:00am while class was on. A yellow excavator scooped at the ruins. Later it began nosing at large concrete slabs. Some were barefoot. One held a water bottle in his teeth.
A resident of the area, who claimed he witnessed the collapse, said that rescue workers brought four pupils out of the rubbles dead.
Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency's southwest region, said that "it is believed that many people including children are now trapped in the building", Reuters reported.
Rescue efforts underway after Lagos school collapse
Materials are often sub-standard and there is weak enforcement of regulations, correspondents say.
The collapse comes as President Muhammadu Buhari, newly elected to a second term, tries to improve groaning, inefficient infrastructure in Africa's most populous nation.
Poor infrastructure has led to mass casualties in Nigeria before.
There was no immediate comment from Buhari's office.
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