Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has regretted the apparently avoidable disaster of the collapse of a school building at Ita-Faji, Lagos Island, Lagos on Wednesday 13th March, 2019, killing and injuring numerous school children. Criminal negligence by property developers with the connivance of errant personnel of regulatory agencies has led to numerous avoidable disasters of collapse buildings across Nigeria. Several citizens have been deprived of their rights to life, guaranteed under section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). The present Ita-Faji avoidable disaster that has killed many children and left several others seriously injured yesterday must be thoroughly and dispassionately investigated while culprits and errant regulators must be duly prosecuted.


Rising from a Strategic Meeting on Thursday, 14th March, 2019, at the Rights House, Lagos, CDHR considered and decried the level to which developers of buildings and public officers in regulatory agencies have abdicated their responsibility and public duty of care to citizens.


In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine and made available to the Press, CDHR has demanded that the Lagos State Government must activate the extant Coroner Law of Lagos State and conduct a Coroner Inquest on the collapse of the school building that has led to the death of innocent children. The statement by CDHR described the incident as unfortunate and avoidable.


CDHR therefore warned that this incident must not be overlooked by the Government of Lagos State, as well as other similar incidents of avoidable disasters that constitute violation of the rights of citizens. Thus, CDHR implored the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and the Government of Lagos State to immediately direct the conduct of a Coroner Inquest and ensure thorough prosecution of all culprits.


May the souls of the departed rest in peace! May the injured gain quick and full recovery!



National Publicity Secretary, CDHR