Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared three days of mourning for victims of the Ikoyi building collapse.
Naija News reports that the governor made the declaration in a statement on Thursday signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
The governor also directed that official engagements are cancelled during the mourning period and all flags are to be flown at half-mast in public and private buildings.
Sanwo-Olu, however, commiserated with Lagosians who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incident, praying for speedy recovery for the survivors.
The statement reads. “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared three days of mourning over the Ikoyi building collapse, which occurred on Monday. No fewer than 32 persons are believed to have died in the incident.
“All flags are to be flown at half-mast in public and private buildings and official engagements cancelled during the mourning period.
“The Lagos State Government, once again, commiserates with all those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incident.”
The governor disclosed that family members had submitted 19 names of those still missing, asking other family members to visit the scene and drop the needed information.
Sanwo-Olu added that the ongoing corona inquest on the bodies evacuated from the site was expected to be concluded today (Friday), after which families would be invited to identify them.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we opened a register for people that have missing persons or loved ones whom they believed must have been at the site before the collapse.
“As I speak here, it is only 19 names of missing persons that have been registered. Some of them have pictures, others do not. This list would help us to get information on manifest of those at the site.
“As of this afternoon, we have recovered a total of 32 bodies. We are conducting a corona inquest on the bodies and by tomorrow (Friday), we hope the exercise would have been concluded. That is the deadline we gave to the corona, so that the families can come and identify the bodies recovered so far.”