The Lagos state government, on Friday, March 15, said it has commenced the manual demolition of buildings marked on Freeman street at the Ita Faji area of Lagos Island.
The demolition follows the building collapse which killed and injured scores of school pupils, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng had reported that the tragedy struck on Wednesday, March 13, when a three-storey building collapsed, leading to the death of nine people, while about 50 victims were rescued by the joint operation of agencies including Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
In the wake calls to the government to tackle the prevalent incident, Governor Akinwumi Ambode, on his assessment visit to the site of the tragedy, vowed to demolish the buildings marked unfit in the area.
He also threatened to get rid of illegal school building, while describing the tragedy as unfortunate and heart-breaking.
He said: "So far, from what I have been briefed, we have rescued about 25 people and some are already dead but we were earlier informed that it was a school, the building is not technically a school, it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school so to speak on the second floor.
“Like we have said, we have been carrying out a lot of integrity tests on the buildings in this neighborhood and as you can see, some of them have been marked for demolition but we get resistance from landlords but we must continue to save lives and we would intensify our efforts to see that those have failed our integrity test, we would ensure that they are quickly evacuated and we bring the structures down."
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Upon the governor's directive, the rescue agencies in the state said they have demolished the building to the ground zero level, adding that no person is trapped in the building.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was saddened by the incident of school building collapse in Ita Faaji area of Lagos Island in which innocent school pupils were killed while many severely injured.
PDP, in a statement on Thursday, March 14, by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed its sadness, saying it was grief-stricken over this ''tragedy, which has traumatized not only the families of the victims, but also the entire nation with bereavement, pain and anguish.''
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