…Death toll now 45
Lagos State government on Wednesday denied that it has given directive for the demolition of the two high-rise buildings standing at the site of the 21-storey collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, who stated this also disclosed that two more bodies have been retrieved from the ruin of the collapsed building, bringing to 45, the number of victims of the disaster.
Omotoso, in a statement, said the panel set up to probe the cause of the building collapse was yet to carry out an integrity test on the remaining buildings.
“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.
“Two more bodies were recovered from the site today. 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.
“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,” the statement said.