Ikoyi Building Collapse: Developer’s body, Femi Osibona recovered, death toll now up to 38!

Ikoyi Building Collapse: Developer's body, Femi Osibona recovered, death toll now up to 38! 2

The death toll of the 21-story building that fell on Monday in Ikoyi, Lagos, has risen to 38, after the owner of Fourscore Homes, the business in charge of the construction, Femi Osibona, was found dead yesterday.

Rescue crews retrieved Femi Osibona’s body yesterday evening, according to an officer with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, who verified the situation to TheCable at the scene. According to reports, the body was transferred to the morgue.

Ibrahim Farinloye, the National Emergency Management Agency’s South-West Coordinator, also stated that 33 males and three females had been pulled dead from the wreckage, bringing the total number of casualties to 50.

Farinloye went on to say that nine individuals were retrieved alive, including a woman and eight men.

A joint team of emergency responders recovered Mr. Femi Osibona’s body. The lifeless body of Osibona was retrieved following arduous efforts by rescue services, according to reports.

There were, however, different reports as to when the body of Mr. Frmi Osibona was found.

Meanwhile, Governor Sanwo-Olu set conditions for the survivors of the 21-story building to be released from the Lagos Island General Hospital, Marina, yesterday.

During his visit to the hospital yesterday, Sanwo-Olu stressed that the survivors would only be released once the medical team gave the all-clear.

On his Instagram page, the governor, who shared pictures of his visit to the hospital, said: “I visited the survivors of the collapsed building this morning (Thursday), and gave them my word that they will get the best of care in the hospital, and will not be discharged until they have been given the all-clear by the medical team attending to them.

“As much as we sympathize with all concerned, we will also ensure that we are open and thorough in investigating the cause of the collapse.

In that regard, a high-powered professional investigative panel has been set up, whose membership consists of professionals outside of the government. The panel, which is headed by the President of Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Toyin Ayinde, has been given clear terms of reference, with a 30-day assignment to tell us what went wrong at the site.

“The panel’s terms of reference also include ascertaining whether there was a compromise of the building codes by the developer, his contractor, and statutory regulatory agencies

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