Collapsed building: Residents kick as LASEMA claims evacuation is completed

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Following the claim of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) that it has evacuated all casualties of the Ita-Faaji building collapse, some residents of the area insisted victims are still trapped in the debris.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Adeshina Tiamiyu had said that there are no more casualties left under the debris of the collapse building.

Tiamiyu who spoke with journalists at the site of the incident on Thursday morning said, “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 said.

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

The building, which housed a primary school on its second floor, caved in on Wednesday morning while pupils were in their classrooms.

At least 12 people, including nine children, have been confirmed dead.

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode had said during his visit to the scene on Wednesday, buildings within the vicinity would be subjected to integrity tests, adding that any building that failed the test would be demolished.

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

“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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