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People spray water on a child who was rescued at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, on March 13, 2019.

Bola Tinubu, says the children who died on Wednesday's building collapse in Lagos Island did not deserve to die the way they did, describing the incident as tragic.

The building contained residential apartments on the other two floors, and the cause of the collapse remains unclear. Late on Wednesday, officials said 37 people were freed and an unknown number of people are still missing.

The collapse occurred in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island.

"We just heard "wham" and the three-story building was reduced to rubble", Fashanu Kudos, a man who lives in a house overlooking the collapsed building told The New York Times.

"We are still trying to find out how many are trapped inside", said police officer Seun Ariwyo, who added that the number was probably scores.

"We worked through the night and one body was recovered", the south-west coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said on Thursday.

Ambode said the school was operating illegally in the premises and that a full scale investigation would be carried out immediately rescue operations are concluded.

A five-story building in Lagos collapsed that year as well, killing at least 30 people.

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"Also many of these buildings are not well constructed". The school had more than 100 students, rescue officials said.

A three-storey building, which had a school on its top floor, fell on Wednesday.

Some of the victims have been taken to the hospital.

"We must continue to save lives and would intensify our efforts to see that those that have failed our integrity test are brought down", he said.

Ambode said most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition, but that some property owners in the area defied such notices.

A study produced by Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing concluded 54 buildings collapsed across the country within a period of four years, news outlet The Punch reported.

According to him, Lagos Island which used to be the historical base of Brazilian returnees, and a symbol of magnificent buildings, has become a citadel of building collapse because of activities of quack developers.

In September 2014, 116 people, 84 of them South Africans, died when a six-storey building collapsed as a celebrity televangelist, Joshua TB, was preaching.

The children's rights group Plan International Nigeria called on the Lagos state government to "launch an inquiry into the incident, and ensure that all persons found culpable for dereliction of duties are punished".

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