No directive to demolish Ikoyi collapsed building – Lagos

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Lagos Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso
Lagos Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso

The Lagos State Government has dismissed rumours that it had approved the demolition of the 21-storey collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Lagos government noted that a Panel of Inquiry instituted into the collapse of the building has continued to sit and an integrity test on the two buildings is yet to be conducted on the two buildings.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, explained that rescue efforts were still ongoing.

“Contrary to speculations, no directive has been given for the demolition of the two high-rise buildings standing at the site of the 21-storey collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Rescue operations are still ongoing at the site of the collapse in Ikoyi
Rescue operations are still ongoing at the site of the collapse in Ikoyi

“The Panel of Inquiry instituted into the collapse of the building has continued to sit and an integrity test on the two buildings is yet to be conducted on the two buildings. It is, therefore, wrong to assert or speculate that the buildings will be demolished.

“The operation at the site of the collapsed building continues. Vehicular movement around the site has been smooth, following the reopening of the road.

He added that, “Two more bodies were recovered from the site today (Wednesday). The recovery of the two bodies has brought to 45 the number of bodies retrieved from the site.

“The identification of bodies of the victims of the incident has continued at IDH, Yaba, Lagos Mainland. Thirty-two families have come forward to submit samples for DNA to identify bodies that they wish to claim.

He explained that, “In cases where identification is clear and there are no arguments, the bodies will be released to the families.

“A committee to supervise the identification and release of the bodies has begun work. It comprises senior officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice,” he said.