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Ikoyi Building: Tinubu speaks, says this tragedy should never have occured

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Ikoyi Building: Tinubu speaks, says this tragedy should never have occured

Former governor Bola Tinubu has said there are many questions to ask about the collapse of a 21-storey building on Gerald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State said this while endorsing the decision of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to probe the building collapse.

The Lagos State Government has initiated an internal probe into the collapse of the building which went down on Monday.

It has also set up an independent panel made up of professionals in the building industry to probe the building collapse.

Tinubu who described the collapse of a 21-story building as a sad and painful incident decried the loss of lives, adding that the tragic incident should never have occurred.

He added that the probes are necessary to uncover the facts behind the building collapse, so as to prevent a future occurrence.

“I endorse Gov. Babajide Sanwo-olu’s order for an investigation into this tragedy. There are many questions to ask, and all those questions deserve full and public answers.

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“The collapse of a 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos, is a sad and painful incident. Once more and all too often, we have suffered the loss of lives for no defensible reason. This tragedy should never have occurred.

“It is obvious to us that something went terribly wrong. If indeed intentional or reckless wrongdoing has been committed, appropriate sanctions should find those who have been found to have shirked their fundamental responsibilities.

“The departed, their grieving families and the people of Lagos State deserve no less and should perhaps demand even more.

“The collapse of a 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos, is a sad and painful incident. Once more and all too often, we have suffered the loss of lives for no defensible reason. This tragedy should never have occurred.

“Workers at the site and, for that matter no one who is simply trying to work in order to care for their loved ones, should have their lives abbreviated in such a manner.

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“No-one should suffer what these people suffered.

“Families should not have to hear such news and bear such burden,’’ Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), stated in a commiseration message issued in Lagos on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at least 14 persons have been confirmed killed after the 21-storey building collapsed on Monday.

Nine persons have also been rescued alive as rescue operations intensified into Tuesday night.

The APC leader said government must get to the bottom of the ghastly occurrence, adding that he sought “not to prejudge anything or anyone’’.

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