An 11-year-old victim of the 3-storey building that collapsed in Lagos yesterday narrowly escaped being taken into the mortuary alive at the Lagos Island General Hospital.
It was learnt that the unconscious victim, Taofeekat Rasheed, was about to be wheeled to the morgue, when her family insisted that she should be handed over to them for burial according to Islamic rites.
In the course of the argument, the little girl reportedly showed signs of life as she opened her eyes faintly.
A cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was immediately performed on her before she was rushed to the emergency room.
Doctor at the General Hospital on Lagos Island seeing of the Governor-elect, Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Hamzat.
Doctors at the General Hospital in Marina Lagos yesterday confirmed 12 victims dead and 46 others battling for their lives after the building, which housed a nursery school collapsed in the early hours.
Baden School, a private nursery school, was on the second floor of the building at 10 Dagara Street, in Itafaji area of Lagos Island.
Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr. Kadir Obafemi Hamzat, chatting with one of the pupils of the Collapsed Building, during their visit to the Lagos General Hospital
The son of the owner of the building, Erinoluwa Akinmoladun, said the house was under the management of a developer, whom he identified only as Mr Giwa.
He said the construction of the building was completed in 2010 by the developer, who was supposed to manage it for 10 years.
Erinoluwa, who was at the scene assisting rescue workers, added that his father had been rescued, but was not sure if all his siblings had been pulled out from the debris.
Officials of several government agencies, including Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Federal Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Police Force, Rapid Response Squad, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Red Cross Society and the Lagos State Neighbourhood and Safety Corps, had yesterday rescued 50 pupils and eight tenants from the rubble.
Management of the General Hospital said no casualty had been brought in today.
The police contingent at the scene of the rescue operation was led by the Lagos State commissioner of police, CP Zubairu Muazu. Others included, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) operations in Lagos, DCP Ali Mohammed; the Area Commander, ACP Olubode Ojajuni; RRS Commander, ACP Tunji Disu , all Divisional Police Officers on Lagos Island.