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Hope, despair as rescuers save trapped pupils amidst report of tens dead in Lagos collapsed building

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Hundreds of people, including primary school pupils, are feared killed early Wednesday after a three-storey building at Ita Faji, Lagos Island, collapsed around 10am.

The school was said to be on the last floor.

A resident of the area, Prince Adams, who alerted a Punch correspondent to the incident on the telephone, said no fewer than 10 pupils had been removed from the rubble so far.

”It is terrible. Parents are crying. I can’t withstand the gory sight,” he added.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Kehinde Adebayo, confirmed the collapse, adding that emergency officials were already on ground.

Rescuers from the Federal Fire Service and Lagos State emergency services were quickly drafted to the scene, where several of the pupils and others were pulled out alive from the rubble.

Tens of relatives of those still trapped in the rubble are seen in the vicinity, crying and seeking information about their missing ones.

There are regular incidences of building collapses in Lagos, as contractors often cut corners to erect high rise buildings at the lowest cost they could get away with.