By Vera Anyagafu
The Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that the school and shops in the three storey building that collapsed in the Ilafaji area of the state, yesterday, March 13th, 2019, leading to deaths of many, and leaving scores severely injured, were not authorized and had operated illegally, saying that many of the structures in the area would be demolished as they are not structural fit.
The horrific incident which led a mother of 2 children to committing suicide by drinking a bottle of insecticide called ‘sniper’, after she received news of the death of her two children, according to governor Ambode, was not technically a school, but a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school on the second floor.
Newsbeats gathered that the mother, who lost her two children to the collapsed building, gave birth to the two children, who were between the ages of six and four, through Caesarean Section (CS).
According to a neighbor, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, the deceased mother was seen with a bottle of insecticide called ‘Sniper’, but she did not question what she wanted to do with it, but a few minutes later she was met sleeping with the bottle beside her.
“I alerted other neighbors, but it was too late, as she was already dead, obviously from drinking the poisonous substance. The woman gave birth to those lively children through caesarean section, which of course, is a very painful procedure to bring forth a child into this world and now she has lost them to a poorly structured school building. Such news is more than enough to devastate any mother”, the neighbor said, adding that, “She was unable to take the pains anymore. It was quite devastating for her. She ended up not enjoying the joy of motherhood”.
However, embittered Nigerians, who thronged site of the collapsed building, urge the Lagos government to quickly go into action by pulling down every distressed building on the Lagos Island and beyond and ensure to carry out structural checks on buildings across the state.
Meanwhile, rescue operation at the scene of the collapsed building has gotten to ground zero, Newsbeats gathered.
Also, the General Manager of the Lagos Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, disclosed that the agency would soon end its rescue operations, having reached base of the destruction.
He explained that in disaster management, Ground Zero refers to the point of most severe destruction or damage, although, residents are claiming there are more people still trapped in the debris of the collapsed building.
Newsbeats can report that at about 8.15 am, today, Thursday morning, emergency officials have intensified efforts to rescue more victims.