Dr. Jide Idris

The Lagos State Government has disclosed that 20 children and adult died in the collapsed building in Itafaaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, released the official figures at a news conference at the Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos, on Friday.

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The commissioner also disclosed that 43 people were rescued alive and were receiving treatment.

Concise News reports that the Lagos State Government on Friday began the demolition of distressed buildings on Lagos Island.

The move is as a result of the collapsed three-storey building at Itafaji area of Lagos Islands in which several people, majorly school children were killed.

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), backed by policemen stormed Freeman Street, Lagos Island around 9:50 am and immediately began demolition.

It was gathered that a three-storey building at 60 Freeman Street was being demolished as at 10 am on Friday.

Also, Lasema has said there is no casualty left under the debris of the collapsed building in the area.

General Manager of Lasema, Adesina Tiamiyu, who spoke with newsmen at the site of the incident on Thursday morning, said those trapped in the collapsed building had been rescued.

Tiamiyu also denied claims that over 100 pupils were trapped in the collapsed building.

He 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.”

He added that “only the school administrator can tell us the number of pupils in the school, but the proprietor is also at the hospital receiving treatment and we can’t confirm that now.”