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Jos school building collapse: about 12 children feared dead

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jos school building collapseAbout a dozen school children undergoing Islamic studies are feared dead following the collapse of an Islamic school, in Jos, Plateau State on Sunday.

ABOVE: Building collapses are common in Nigeria, particularly during seasonal rains (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

The school, Abu Naima Primary and Secondary School in Bukuru, Jos South local Government Area of the state came crashing down, snuffing out lives of attending pupils.

The unfortunate incident reportedly took place around 6:30 in the evening while the school, said to be a private Islamic institution, was holding its evening classes.

A witness, Awal Ahmed, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that “so far 7 dead bodies have been evacuated from the building, but there are several others still in the building.”

According to Mr. Awal, the building collapsed at the time the pupils, most of them less than 10 years old – were being taught Sunday classes, which is believed to be attended by about 30 pupils.

The Zonal Coordinator, North Central of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mohammed Abdulsalam, confirmed the casualty to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Abdulsalam said rescue team of the agency arrived the scene, recovered 7 bodies, while five people were rescued but with severe injuries.

He said the injured persons have been taken to Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos for medical attention.

He also said rescue efforts were ongoing and casualty nay increase as several other people were still buried in the rubble.

It was gathered that more than 30 pupils do attend the Sunday classes to learn how to read the Quran, and that several of them were present when the incident occurred.

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