Lagos State has announced that bodies recovered from the collapsed Ikoyi building are now ready for identification.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, revealed this to newsmen at the site of the collapsed building.
He stated that the bodies were made available in the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Yaba and an autopsy will be carried out on them before releasing them to their families.
The commissioner said: “The autopsy is important because the law says that whenever there is death, as a result of such incidents like the collapsed building, an autopsy must be done before the body is released.”
Omotosho also said that bodies recovered so far were 38 in number as of Friday, October 5, and family members had submitted 32 names of those that were still missing.
He also stated that the rescue operation at the site was still ongoing as opposed to the rumor that it ended on Friday.
The government official said: “So far now, we have recorded 38 dead bodies. And as you know, we have nine survivors. Some bodies are ready for identification. So, people can go to IDH, Yaba, to identify the bodies of their loved ones.
“For bodies that may be very difficult to identify, we shall conduct DNA tests for such bodies to be identified. There are rules for giving bodies to people.
“There are some of the bodies that are in a state that it would be unprofessional for the hospitals to allow people to look at them in that present state and for them to be released the way they are.
“That is why we have the little delay that we are having. But if you go to IDH, Yaba, you should be able to see some of the bodies and be able to identify who you want to identify.
“On Thursday, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said one of the patients at the General Hospital was taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for a test and all that.
“The patient has been brought back to the General Hospital and he is said to be doing well. And all the patients who were there are doing well.’’