Death toll in the 21-storey collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos has reached 45, the Lagos State Government said late Wednesday night.
The government also said contrary to speculations, no directive has been given for the demolition of the two high-rise buildings standing at the site of the 21-storey collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said the Panel of Inquiry instituted to establish issues surrounding the collapse of the building has continued to sit and that an integrity test was yet to be conducted on the buildings.
“It is, therefore, wrong to assert or speculate that the buildings will be demolished.
“The operation at the site of the collapsed building continues. Vehicular movement around the site has been smooth, following the reopening of the road.
“Two more bodies were recovered from the site today. The recovery of the two bodies has brought to 45 the number of bodies retrieved from the site,” he said.
Omotoso added that the identification of bodies of the victims of the incident had continued at IDH, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.
He disclosed that 32 families had come forward to submit samples for DNA to identify bodies that they wished to claim.
“In cases where identification is clear and there are no arguments, the bodies will be released to the families.
“A committee to supervise the identification and release of the bodies has begun work. It comprises senior officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice,” he said.