Bloody Week: 20 die in Lagos building collapse … Seven crushed to death in Onitsha

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Bloody Week: 20 die in Lagos building collapse ... Seven crushed to death in Onitsha
building collapse at Itafaji on Lagos Island

With the operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) getting to ground zero at the three-storey residential building that collapsed at Ita-Faji area of Lagos Island, rescue operations were Thursday halted.

The building which caved in at about 10am also housed Ohen Nursery and Primary School. The pupils were reportedly in the classroom when tragedy struck. A mother who lost her two children in the incident has allegedly committed suicide. It was learnt she gave birth to the two children aged six and four through caesarean section. She drank poison.

As at press time, however, there were conflicting figures about the survivors, with most of the emergency agencies declining to clarify the status of the living and the dead.

Already, some free-spirited individuals and organization have kicked off a donation campaign to make some of the essentials needed by the survivors available.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Building Control Agency on Friday, March 15 commenced the demotion of 180 defective buildings within Lagos Island.

In a related development, at least seven people were confirmed killed on Wednesday when a kerosene-laden tanker rammed into traders on the Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Haruna Mohammed, state police spokesman, confirmed the incident, saying that the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and knocked down 19 people.

He stated, “Police patrol team attached to CPS Onitsha visited the scene and rushed victims to Toronto Hospital Onitsha, where Seven (7) persons comprising of six males and one woman whose identities are yet to be ascertained were confirmed dead by the medical doctor.”

He added that 12 other people were receiving treatment, while the bodies of the dead had been deposited at the hospital morgue for postmortem examination.

According to the police, investigation has commenced on the incident, after the suspect, 35-year-old Junior Agari, was arrested and the truck recovered from the accident scene.