Ikoyi Building Collapse: Death Toll Rises To 22, 25 years old IT student missing
News reaching Vondigest is that emergency workers have recovered two more bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The recovery of more bodies, three days after the building collapsed, takes the death toll to 22, with search and rescue operations still ongoing. So far, nine persons have been rescued so far.
The building, which is 21 storey high-rise under construction located along Gerrard Road Ikoyi in the nation’s commercial hub, collapsed on Monday afternoon.
However, it remains unclear the total number of people in the building at the time of the collapse. But witnesses say dozens may have been trapped.
So far, rescue operation has accounted for 31 people – nine alive and 22 dead.
On Tuesday, a day after the collapse, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, indefinitely.
The Lagos State Governor also announced that an independent panel will probe and investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident, as well as make recommendations on how to prevent future building collapses. This is in addition to an internal probe the government is already conducting.
“There will be absolutely no cover-up in the search for truth in this incident. If anyone is found to be indicted, he/she will definitely face the law,” the governor vowed.
“My sincere condolences go to the families who have lost loved ones; may the souls of the departed rest in peace.
“My appreciation goes to the first responders and all who have joined the rescue efforts. A help desk has been set up at the site for people seeking information about their relations who may have been involved in the incident.”
Members of the panel to be constituted, according to Governor Sanwo-Olu, will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), and other professional bodies.
The Ikoyi building collapse has generated a lot of criticism especially with the way the rescue is going on. A mother was seen grieving and called on authorities to help find her 25-year-old daughter who she said was among those in the building when it collapsed. Equally, relatives of some of the still-trapped people were furious after emergency workers took a break in the early hours of Tuesday. “What kind of country is this,” one man bellowed.