Ikoyi Building Collapse: Death toll hits 46

The death toll from the 21-story building that collapsed on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi, Lagos State, ten days ago has risen to 46 with the recovery of two more bodies.

Family members of victims and sympathizers flocked to the area daily, hoping to see their loved ones alive, while some complained that they were not allowed to identify their loved ones after the incident occurred last Monday around 2 p.m.

The affected families were given access to the Lagos Mainland Hospital morgue in Yaba on Saturday, according to PUNCH.

Gbenga Omotosho, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said in a statement on Thursday that two more bodies had been recovered from the rubble.

Part of the statement was as follows: "Contrary to popular belief, no order has been issued to demolish the two high-rise buildings that stand on the site of the collapsed 21-story building in Ikoyi, Lagos.

"The panel of inquiry established to determine the causes of the building's collapse has continued to meet, and the buildings have yet to undergo an integrity test. As a result, assuming or speculating that the buildings will be demolished is incorrect.

"The operation at the collapsed building site is still ongoing. Following the reopening of the road, vehicular movement around the site has been smooth. Today (Thursday), two more bodies were discovered at the scene."


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