A three storey building that occupies Ohen Nursery / Primary School Lagos Island collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday and some pupils and staff of the school were trapped in the rubbles.
Lagos state Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode said buildings in the neighbourhood, Ita Faji, should have undergone integrity tests but landlords resisted.
The Governor, who came in at exactly 2:45pm, said from the briefing he got from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency boss, 25 bodies have been rescued so far.
Witnesses said almost a dozen students had been pulled from the ruins, but it was not yet clear if any were dead.
Reuters reported that about 100 pupils attended the school, which was on the third floor of the building.
The governor said the state would investigate the building collapse, while ensuring that those marked were pulled down so as to save lives.
He promised a full investigation once rescue operations were concluded and vowed that those responsible would be prosecuted.
Rescue operations are now ongoing with Parents at the scene weeping and calling out the names of their children.
In 2016, more than 100 people died when the roof of a church in Uyo, in the south of Nigeria, caved in. Many more children are thought to be inside. Dust-covered children, some moving and some still, were rushed to waiting ambulances throughout the afternoon and evening.
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"We were smoking outside when the building just collapsed", Olamide Nuzbah said in pidgin English.
"HURIWA will dispatch a petition to the United Nations Education Commission (UNESCO) and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to call the attention of the world body to the dangers that millions of school children go through by being exposed to poor, substandard and comprehensively unsafe schooling environment by the Lagos administration". They cheered as the child was lifted out. Members of the crowd held up an oxygen mask to the face of a young girl pulled from the rubble.
"It's common to find schools in residential areas and in other locations that were not meant for educational institutions", Idris said. We met the local people in operation when we came in.
Despite efforts to renovate the area, a large number of abandoned buildings have been taken over by families or businesses, despite being dilapidated and unsafe.
Building collapses are frequent in Nigeria, where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.
In Lagos that same year, a five-story building still under construction collapsed, killing at least 30 people.
He added that the rescue team would remain on the scene until they can confirm that no one is left under the debris.
An inquiry found the building had been built illegally and had structural flaws.