Ikoyi building: Death toll rises as Lagos probes collapse, owner, pastor missing

The death toll of the 21-Storey building that collapsed at Gerrard road rises to 21.

It was reported that people were trapped in the building including the Managing Director, Fourscore height limited Dr Femi Osibon who owned the building.

The governor of Lagos State Gov. Sanwo-Olu while stating that the incident is a national disaster confirmed that 21 dead bodies have been recovered from the rubbles.

Families of the victims were denied access to the mortuary.  They were denied access to the mainland hospital moturary Yaba where the recovered bodies were taken to.

The families were not allowed to see the bodies there to know if their family member body were part of those recovered.

A man named Jude Ogechukwu who was also denied access said his family needed Early closure.

Another man who claim to have brought 10 people to the site has only seen one body out of the ten.

A redeem pastor with 22 co-workers are also trapped in the building. A pastor of the redeem church Omotosho Emmanuel recounted that his colleague Ola Ogunfunwa, is also trapped in the rubbles. Emmanuel said the pastor who is also an engineer came with 22 artisan when they stated that more workers were needed at the site.

He said up till now, out of those rescued he has not seen any of those 22 workers there.

The Managing Director of Lagos State building control agency Gbolahan Oki who was suspended stated that the approved plan for the building was 15-storey not 21-storey building.

Dr Obafemi Hamzat deputy governor of Lagos countered his claim stating that the 21- Storey was the approved plan.

However, as the recusing team entered the site three days ago, a new document was discovered, and in the documents, the approved plan was 15-storey not 21.

Three days after the collapse, nothing has been heard about the owner of the project as he was said to be on the 18th floor when the building collapsed. The body of his personal assistant, Nifemi was recovered on Tuesday.

The state governor on his visit to the scene stated that nine persons has been rescued alive while three are discharged from the hospital.

The names of the remaining six survivors are;Odutan Timileyin is a 26-year-old man.
Ahmed Kenleku: A 19-year-old man from Cotonou, the Benin Republic.Sunday Monday: The 21-year-old had a leg fracture.
Adeniran Mayowa: This survivor, the governor noted, suffered a hip injury.
Shola Bade Nurudeen: He is 33 and had a pelvic injury.Waliu Lateef is 32-year-old.

Sanwo-Olu while addressing the journalist said an independent  five man panel has been set-up  to make inquiry into the cause of the incident. He said the panel will be headed by the president of the Nigerian  institute of town planner, Tayo Ayinde and the secretary, lawyer from a private firm Ekundayo Onajobi. He said the panel is given 30days to submit their report. Other members of the panel are. Dr Akintilo Adeleke, Yinka Ogundairo, Godfrey Godfrey, Mrs Bunmi Ibrahim and Mr Ekundayo Onajobi.

The governor stated that the investigation would be as transparent as possible and he would not hesitate to bring to Justice other persons found to be contributors to the incident.

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