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FOLLOWING different reactions that greeted the general elections across the country, on Sunday, the Ethiopian air crash that left 157 passengers dead the news of a collapse building at Massey street in the Ita Faaji area of Lagos have left many in a frenzy as well as series of road accident in Anambra State.

Scores of death of persons with large number of pupils of the illegal school occupying the building have been confirmed and over 40 persons have been rescued after the collapse of the three storey building, those rescued are said to be receiving treatment at the Lagos Island General Hospital currently.

National Light gathered that the three story building houses the school at the top floor while other floors are residential and occupied by shop owners was weak consequently the collapse.

Nevertheless , the emergency and rescue workers – Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as security personnel including the police, army, and National Security and Civil Defence Force (NSCDC) have been proactive in their response to the challenge to rescue persons that could still be trapped in the building while crowd seems to be a major challenge of the rescue team

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had earlier visited the scene of the collapse building , commiserated with families of victims who lost their lives, most of whom are children and appealed to residents to allow rescue operators the space to carry out their operations without any hindrance, so as to rescue more children still trapped under the rubbles.

“I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up this rescue operation. Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more lives.

The Governor said his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, had also visited the hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to, assuring that the State Government would immediately take over their treatment and foot their entire bill.

On the cause of the collapse, he said most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition, but that some property owners in the area defy such notices, assuring that going forward, structural defective buildings would be demolished.

Ambode also said that a full scale investigation would be carried out immediately rescue operations are concluded, vowing that those found culpable would be severely dealt with in accordance with the relevant laws.

“What is important to us now is to save lives and the more lives we save, the better for us. Rescue operations will continue until all victims are rescued, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division and the Brigade Commander are on ground to maintain peace and ensure smooth rescue operations.”

A resident of Itafaaji who does not want her name in print stated that many buildings like the collapse one need to be pulled down to save any future occurrence of sort.

Meanwhile, Anambra State has recorded too many accident this week when Two trucks on Wednesday crashed in a market in Ibughubu , Umuchu, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State and killed no fewer than six persons.Several others got wounded in the crash involving a tipper with registration number JJT-421XG and another truck loaded with cement. The day of incident was known to be the ‘Nkwo’ market day henced increase in casualty of the incident.

Properties worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed in the accident.

An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the trucks had a head-on collision and somersaulted into the market and killed no fewer than six persons and left many others wounded. He said the cement truck which was on high speed, pushed the tipper to the other side of the market where it destroyed shops and inflicted injuries on many.

He added, “The two drivers died on the spot. Two persons suspected to be conductors of the trucks and two traders also died in the incident.”

In another development, Several persons were crushed to death while scores were severely injured in a ghastly accident in Onitsha, commercial city of Anambra state. The accident, happened around Toronto hospital along Upper Iweka and MCC axis of the Onitsha-Awka expressway, involved a trailer laden with kerosene.

It was gathered  that the trailer was heading towards Upper Iweka from Awka axis when the driver lost control as a result of brake failure. According to an Eye witness account which  had it that the driver in a bid to control the vehicle veered off the speed lane to the service lane where traders displayed their wares by the side of the road.

“The trailer crushed some of the people who are mostly petty traders as it dragged along the road before it finally stopped,” one of them narrated.

He said bodies of the victims littered along the way were still being evacuated by security operatives who arrived at the scene almost immediately.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Red Cross Society in the state, Prof. Peter Katchy, said seven persons died on the spot and have been deposited at the morgue.

He said: “We were able to rescue about three persons who sustained severe injuries while the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Toronto hospital mortuary.”

Katchy, who said he was on his way back from Awka, when he arrived at the scene of the accident, said officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the police assisted in the rescue operation.

Moreso, countries around the globe have grounded the aircraft, Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.

United Kingdom, USA, Canada, India, China, Nigeria and all Europe. This is to for stall any  occurrence.

Recalled that in October a new Lion Air Boeing737 Max 8 flight went down over the Java Sea last October killing 189 people.

A stitch in time they save nine.

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