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No Plan To Demolish Two Standing Ikoyi Buildings – Lagos Govt

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No Plan To Demolish Two Standing Ikoyi Buildings - Lagos Govt

The Lagos State Government has denied claims that it is planning to demolish the remaining two structures at the site of the Ikoyi building collapsed.

Naija News reports that the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, gave the denial in a statement released on Wednesday.

Omotosho stated that the state government has not ordered the demolition of the remaining structures, adding that a tribunal to probe the incident was recently inaugurated.

The commissioner stated that the speculation that the two structures will be demolished is false, noting that an integrity test is yet to be conducted on the buildings.

He said: “The Panel of Inquiry instituted into the collapse of the building has continued to sit, and an integrity test is yet to be conducted on the two buildings. It is, therefore, wrong to assert or speculate that the buildings will be demolished.

“The operation at the site of the collapsed building continues. Vehicular movement around the site has been smooth, following the reopening of the road.

Omotosho, however, disclosed that two more bodies have been recovered from the site of the collapsed building, bringing the death toll to 45.

He stated that the identification and release of the bodies are ongoing at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, adding that 32 families have come forward to identify their loved ones.

He said: “Two more bodies were recovered from the site today. The recovery of the two bodies has brought 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.”

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