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Ikoyi building collapse: 29 families submits DNA

The Lagos State Government says twenty-nine families have come forward to submit DNA samples to identify bodies among the casualties in the Ikoyi collapsed building.

Commissioner for information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso who announced this in a statement explains that identified bodies would be released to the families this week.

The bodies had been deposited at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Yaba, Lagos Mainland since the incident occurred on November 1.

Mr Omotoso revealed that the State Government had also set up a committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry of Health and that of Justice to supervise the identification and release of the bodies to the affected families.

He says search operation continues at the site and this would go on until the site is cleared and no body is left in the rubble of the collapsed 21-storey edifice.

The Panel of Inquiry set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to find out why the building went down and suggest ways of preventing recurrence.

The panel is collecting documents that may help unravel the mystery of the collapsed building.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare