He said the collapsed building was a residential house with the school operating illegally. But the occupants refused to vacate the building.
The BBC, citing emergency officials, reported that at least 10 people had died in the collapse, but did not say how many were children. Many more children are thought to be inside.
It is not unusual for buildings to collapse in Nigeria. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident.
TVCNEWS.TV has gotten reports from its correspondent, Theophilus Elamah who tells us that 12 persons have been confirmed dead while 42 injured are now receiving treatment. 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.
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About two dozen people have been rescued so far, said freelancer Anna Cunningham, reporting from the scene for CBC News.
Ambode, the state governor, said his deputy was visiting hospitals and that the government would cover the hospital bills of survivors.
Many locals said that the building, which was in an advanced state of disrepair, had been "earmarked" for demolition by the authorities in Lagos state.
It was not immediately clear why the building collapsed.
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"Last year, the government gave them a quit notice that the building was going to be demolished", the witness told The Guardian.
At press time efforts were on to ensure that trapped victims are brought out alive. "The operation is still on", he said.
"This is unfortunate but we will investigate what has happened and also see the punishment for whoever are the culprits".
It's not known how many people lived in the apartments that made up the rest of the complex.
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With rescue and recovery operations continuing into the night, total death toll of victims and survivor count have not been finalised.