#Itafaji: Over 50 People Have Been Rescue —LASEMA

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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has said that about 50 people have been rescued from the collapsed building at Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.

Emergency rescue agencies such as the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as security personnel are currently on ground at the scene of the incident.

LASEMA General manager, Tiamiyu Adesina disclosed the rescue mission to newsmen.

Workers have pulled more than 40 people, dead and alive, from the ruins. Dust-covered children, some moving and some still, were rushed to waiting ambulances throughout the afternoon and evening. One man pressed his hands to a passing survivor’s head in blessing.

A witness who pleaded anonymity said the staff of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), came for inspection of the building regularly.

“This building was marked for demolition. We kept seeing people from Alausa coming to inspect the building, and the next thing we saw was the same building undergoing renovation.

“The state regulatory body is not strict with its policies. Such calamity would have been avoided if the right action was taken by demolishing the building. We pray people will be evacuated safely.’’

However, rescue teams, especially ambulances found it difficult to gain access into the scene due to the crowd that gathered at the scene.

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