Death toll hits 44 at Ikoyi High Rise, Army to Take Over Site

Seven days after a 21-storey building collapsed on Gerrard Road, in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State, recovery operation is still ongoing by rescue agencies.

As responders were already concluding their operation, the death toll has hit 44 since the 21-storey building crumbled last Monday around 2pm.

The skyscraper, owned by Fourscore Heights Limited, trapped over 50 persons, including the firm’s Managing Director, Femi Osibona; his friend, a United States of America-based Nigerian businessman, Wale Bob-Oseni; his personal assistant, Oyinye Enekwe, and clients.

Other deceased persons included a member of the National Youth Service Corps, identified only as Oyindamola; an aluminium fabricator, Kenneth Otu; an engineer and pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Water Parish, Ibafo, Ogun State, Ola Ogunfunwa, among others.

Since the incident happened, family members of victims and sympathisers had thronged the area daily, hoping to see their loved ones alive, while some lamented that they were not allowed to identify their loved ones.

The affected families were, however, granted access on Saturday to find their loved ones among the corpses recovered and deposited in the Lagos Mainland Hospital morgue.

A statement by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says the Nigerian Army of Corps Engineers is in the process of mobilising to the site
and has not officially taken over operations at the site of the 21storey building collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

According to NEMA, the Corps in a meeting with Lagos State Officials and NEMA delivered the directive of the Federal Government for the Corps to assist the State in carting away the rubble from the site.

The State, after considering the progress made on the level of job expressed gratitude for the intervention and told the Corp that it won’t be necessary for their deployment.

However, later in the night yesterday, the State gave a go ahead to the Corp to mobilise to the Site for the assistance.

It says the Corp is in the process of mobilising to the site now.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule on Saturday accompanied Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the scene of building collapse in Ikoyi.

During the visit, they sympathised with the family members of the victims of the building collapse.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also gave an update on the search and rescue operation at the scene.

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