Eight children were killed and many more are feared trapped after a school building collapsed in Nigeria’s city of Lagos.
The school, which was on the top floor of a three-storey building in Ita Faji on Lagos Island, had more than 100 pupils studying. Rescuers have pulled out over 40 pupils alive.
The building was a residential block containing a number of apartments as well as a school. Emergency teams pulled several injured pupils from the rubble, but many worried parents are at the scene were unable to find their children.
Eyewitnesses say the building had cracks and there have were complaints raised about it.
Lagos state deputy governor Idiat Oluranti Adebule, reached the hospital and offered condolences to the families of the victims and called for calm.
The cause for the collapse is still unknown. However materials used in the construction are often sub-standard due to poor enforcement of regulations. In 2016, more than 100 people died when the roof of a church in Uyo, in the south of Nigeria caved in.