Sanwo-Olu Suspends General Manager Of Lagos Building Control Agency over collapse of Ikoyi building


Following the collapse of a 21 storey building which has so far claimed the lives 15 people, the Lagos State Government says it has set up an independent panel to probe the collapse of building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.

Members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies.

In a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the panel will investigate the incident and bring all guilty parties to book.

The governor also directed the immediate and indefinite suspension of the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki.

Confirming the number of causalities, the statement reads, “Nine persons – all men – have been pulled out of the rubble alive. They have been taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, 14 others were brought out dead – as at 2pm.

“It is important to restate that all developers and property owners are required to adhere strictly to all Building Codes and Planning Regulations to ensure the safety of lives and property. “

“Those who ignore such regulations, breaking seals and defying enforcement, will surely be prosecuted.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed gratitude to all first responders and those who have joined the rescue efforts, including construction giants Julius Berger, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

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