Four other bodies found, the commissioner resigns


Search and rescue workers combing through the rubble of the seven-storey building that collapsed in Oba Idowu Oniru Street, Lekki, Lagos State, found four more dead bodies.

The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement on Monday confirmed the developments 24 hours after rescuers recovered two bodies from the scene of the incident. the incident on Sunday.

Oke-Osanyintolu said: “The agency alongside other first responders has been working for more than 24 hours on the seven-story building that collapsed yesterday. Four more bodies were pulled from the rubble, bringing the death toll to six. The process is ongoing. »

Likewise, the territorial coordinator of Lagos, National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a conversation with our correspondent, also confirmed that four corpses including that of an adult male were found.

He said: “Six corpses, including that of an elderly man, have been recovered from the rubble as recovery efforts continue.”

PUNCH Metro had reported that some people were sleeping in the seven-story building under construction when the building collapsed around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

While some of the occupants escaped death, it was learned that other people, unlucky, were trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building.

Emergency responders, including officials from LASEMA, NEMA and the police, among others, had engaged in a search and rescue operation to save the trapped victims.

Reacting, the State Commissioner for Spatial Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, issued a statement ordering the arrest of the developer and other professionals involved in the building’s collapse.

However, a series of building collapses that have claimed the lives of residents have been recorded in the state.

Angered by the tragic developments, residents alongside building industry experts had criticized the developers for, among other things, using substandard materials and not complying with standard building regulations in the state of Lagos.

Furthermore, the Lagos State government, particularly the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, had also come under heavy criticism for the recurrent collapse of buildings killing people in the state.

Amid criticism, a statement by state information and strategy commissioner Gbenga Omotoso confirmed Salako’s resignation, noting that the commissioner’s resignation was part of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s efforts to restructure the ministry and its agencies.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu thanks the Commissioner for his service to the state and wishes him success in his future endeavours.

“The governor warns all actors in the sector to respect the law or risk suffering the consequences of any indiscretion, whoever the authors”, indicates the press release.

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