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Lagos Says no Plans to Demolish High-rises at Ikoyi Building Collapse Site

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The Lagos State Government has said that 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.

The Panel of Inquiry instituted to establish issues surrounding the collapse of the building has continued to sit and an integrity test is yet to be conducted on the buildings, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Information in the State, Gbenga Omotoso.

“It is, therefore, wrong to assert or speculate that the buildings will be demolished,” Omotoso said. “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, bringing to 45 the number of bodies retrieved from the site.

The identification of bodies of the victims of the incident has continued at IDH, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.

Thirty-two families have come forward to submit samples for DNA to identify bodies that they wish 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 also begun work. It comprises senior officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice.

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