Ikoyi building collapse: Death toll rises to 10 as rescue operations enter Day 2
Victims family protest over slow response
Families organize prayer session for trapped workers
Nine persons have been rescued from the Lagos collapse 21-storey building, while 10 casualties was recorded as rescue work entered into the second day.
The building crumbled around 2pm on Monday when workers were on the site.
One of the workers who survived the incident, Gabriel Bassey, had told newsmen that about 50 persons were still trapped in the rubble.
4Score Homes Limited is the contractor in charge of the building.
Lagos Deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat who arrived the scene around 11a.m said the state will make sure that everyone trapped in the building will all be rescued and no stone will be left unturned in the operation:
“Our focus is on how to get the people out. This morning, we took out two persons and they are receiving treatment in the hospital so, totally we have taken out nine persons and two persons have been discharged, but sadly we recovered 10 dead bodies,” Hamzat said.
“It’s difficult to get the number of people trapped because it’s not yet a residential building yet, but we have had people who said they think there are 24 people trapped, while another claimed they are 28 so, we don’t know but we have some names and some of the victims were responding when names were been mentioned.
“We understand that some people came in to inspect but were also trapped. We hope to get more alive. Our focus is on saving lives and we are mobilizing everything we need to save lives and that’s why I’m here.
On Lagos State action on other buildings, he said: “This location was sealed for about four months sometimes ago so, it was sealed because our agency came in to do structural test and they discovered some abnormally and it to be corrected so, the second building will also be audited in terms of integrity test and if we found anything, then the appropriate action will be taken.
He added: “it’s important to also announce that we have an agency that suppose to do this job and that’s why they came in around July to check so, we do that regularly and we just hope that people will understand the need for state government all the time to make sure that we shut down a building when there’s abnormally.
Contrary to the report that the contractor applied to build a 15-storey building, Hamzat claimed that the contractor applied to build a 21-storey: “the approval for the building was 21 floors and not 15.
At the scene on Tuesday, some family members gathered in clusters to organise prayers for the trapped construction workers. A woman was seen mentioning the name of her son, Tunde Isaiah, to come out alive.
Another mother, whose daughter, Zainab was serving as a youth Corper with the construction company, said: “my daughter is trapped here and we have been here since yesterday, I want her alive.