One body has been recovered from the rubble of the collapsed building at 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos
According to a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA workers’ search and recovery efforts unearthed the remains of the adult male hitherto unaccounted for by site supervisors.
It stated that when a roll call was conducted by the site supervisors, everyone was accounted for and that nobody could ascertain whether the victim, whose body was found on Friday morning, was on the site – as of the time the roll call was taken.
Meanwhile, the excavation of the site, using the architectural designs, continues.
According to the statement, the site has been divided into quadrants for a painstaking search and rescue operation.
Quadrants two and three have been levelled to ground zero, with the search operation completed, while quadrant four is ongoing.
Governor Sanwo-Olu bans construction in Banana Island
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has banned building construction in the highbrow Banana Island in Ikoyi, following the collapse of a seven-storey building under construction.
25 construction workers trapped in the collapsed structure were rescued by emergency responders.
Earlier on Friday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso who made this known in a statement, explained that the stop construction order issued by the Governor was to give room for a comprehensive audit by the officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA.
According to the statement, the State Government immediately launched a probe to find out the cause of the collapse of the seven-storey building on April 12, which reportedly caved in while casting was being done.
It said the State is also footing the medical emergency bills of those rescued from the collapsed structure.
Writing by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Annabel Nwachukwu.