At least 10 people have been feared dead and many more are feared trapped after a building containing a school collapsed in the city of Lagos.
The building had been identified as “distressed” and listed for demolition, Lagos building officials told newsmen.
The incident happened at about 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).
Local men searched for survivors, and family members crowded the area in the hope of finding their loved ones alive
Emergency teams pulled several injured pupils from the rubble, but some parents at the scene were unable to find their children, while others went to a local hospital to look for theirs.
At the Lagos Island General Hospital, there was a scene of chaos as parents and family members gathered after every ambulance that arrived to see if it contained a loved one. Many of the victims brought in were children in school uniforms.
Visiting the hospital, the Lagos state deputy governor, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, offered condolences to the families of the victims and called for calm.
“We plead for their understanding to allow the rescue team to do their work… so that the medical team can take prompt and immediate action as soon as the patients are brought in,” she told the BBC.
President Muhammadu Buhari offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
“It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender,” he said. “May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour