The dead body of the developer of the collapsed 21-storey building at Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Femi Osibona, was retrieved from the rubbles on Wednesday, November 3.
Osibona’s body was reportedly among dead bodies exhumed from the collapsed building in Ikoyi on Wednesday; and taken to a public mortuary at Yaba.
It was gathered that more than 39 dead bodies had so far been retrieved from the rubbles as of Wednesday evening.
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Many people are still believed to be trapped in the rubble, including a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ola Ogunfuwa.
The RCCG pastor in charge of Living Water Parish in Ibafo, Ogun State, was working as a contractor on the project; but had been missing four days after the building collapse.
The South-West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, earlier confirmed that 32 dead bodies had been recovered, and nine others were rescued alive with injuries.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, November 4; inaugurated members of the investigation tribunal to inquire into the causes of the collapsed 21-storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.
Sanwo-Olu also signed an executive order legitimising the composition of the panel; and empowering it to invite or summon anyone and organisation useful for the investigation.
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Speaking during the inauguration held at the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) building, Ikoyi; he said that the state government would unravel and get to the root cause of what had happened.
”So that indeed, we all can truly learn from this very unfortunate incident; and we all can be part of history and ensure that we can live in a safe and secure environment,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that the duty of the panel would begin immediately; and they were expected to report back within 30 days; while urging the members to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
Members of the tribunal drawn from the private sector included the President of Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Mr Toyin Ayinde (chairman); while Ekundayo Onajobi, a lawyer in a private law firm, is the Secretary.
Other panel members are a structural engineer, Dr Akintilo Adeleke; an architect, Yinka Ogundairo; representative of Institute of Builders, Mr Godfrey O. Godfrey; as well as Mrs Bunmi Ibrahim, a real estate lawyer.
Sanwo-Olu said that the public deserved to know what went wrong; adding that though the work of the panel would not bring back the lives lost; but would help to prevent the reoccurrence of such a tragic event.
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