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Collapsed Building: 6 rescued as death toll rises to 42

APC National Leader, Asiwjau Bola Tinubu; Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the site of the collapsed building in Ikoyi

The number of survivors from the collapsed building at Gerrard Road, Ikoyi has increased to fifteen.

This follows the discovery of six survivors being treated at the Police Hospital Falomo, Ikoyi.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known during a visit to the site five days after the tragedy, said fatalities from the incident now stand at forty-two.

The Governor was in company of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bola Tinubu, Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso and some other Cabinet members.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who said that the search and rescue team was still ongoing, noted that the six additional survivors were rescued by the first responders shortly after the building came down.

“There are additional six people that we’ve also been able to identify and who were on site when the building collapsed. They were taken to the Police Hospital in Falomo for treatment and some of them have been discharged. We have taken the full records of survivors in the incident. And this gives a total of 15 people rescued. We have a total of 42 bodies that have been recovered.” Governor Sanwo-Olu stated.

The Governor said among the latest survivors are a 38-year-old woman, Glory Samson. Others are Ndajor Ahmed, Yunusa Abubaka, Ajiboye Habib, Jeremiah Samson, and one man identified as Emem.

While most of them sustained varying degrees of injury, Samson, 20, was said to be in a coma.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said 49 families had filled the missing persons’ register as at Saturday morning and that the register had helped the State Government to reconcile the details of victims rescued and also medically account for bodies recovered.

The Governor said identification of bodies by relatives had commenced, while DNA test was being conducted on some of the bodies difficult to identify.

”There is a sum of money that has been reserved by the State Government for succour and to give for befitting burial for those who died in the incident, Families that so wish to accept it are being supported for the burial arrangement”. Governor Sanwo-olu stated.

Also, survivors in hospitals have been given the financial support to help them settle and cope with challenges of feeding in the aftermath of the incident.

Meanwhile, the search and rescue team continued operations at the site.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare