A pregnant woman, the proprietor of a Nursery/Primary School and 19 others, including no fewer than 12 pupils, have reportedly died in the collapsed building at Massey Street, Itafaji on Lagos Island, Lagos State on Wednesday, witnesses and hospital sources said.
However, the National Emergency Management Agency said eight persons died, while 34 others were rescued in the wreckage of the building that collapsed at about 10am.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency did not give the number of the dead, but said it rescued 10 persons from the wreckage.
The agency said its rescue team and other agencies brought out 10 people alive, made up of three adult females, one adult male, two teenage boys, one young boy and three teenage girls.
The South-West Zonal Head of Public Affairs of the Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye said the rescue operation was ongoing as at 8pm.
It was gathered that most of the victims who were rescued from the rubble on Wednesday, died at the General Hospital as doctors failed to save them.
The building, it was learnt, had been marked for demolition by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
However, the occupants frustrated the demolition.