Ikoyi building collapse: Death toll soars to 32


Ikoyi building collapse

By Moses Omorogieva

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said it has so far recovered 32 deaths from the collapsed building at Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

NEMA Acting Coordinator, Lagos State Territorial District, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed this on Thursday.

He added that nine injured persons had also been pulled out from the rubble as rescue operation entered its fourth day.

Farinloye said the survivors included a female and eight males.

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He said the operation would continue to ground zero as the agency had a mandate to rescue and recover trapped victims whether dead or alive.

The 21-storey building under construction collapsed at about 3 p.m. on Monday, trapping in many workers.

NAN reports that the incident has brought all commercial activities, including vehicular movement around the area, to a halt.

The Police Area “A” Commander, ACP Bode Ojajuni, as well as other security agencies including the Army, NSCDC, Defence, LASTMA, Road Safety, among others, have been on ground to ensure smooth rescue operation since the incident occurred.

NAN observed that the scene has turned to a tourist attraction of sort, forcing a hike in public transportation, particularly by commercial motorcyclists.

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