LASEMA Recovers Dead Victim From Collapsed Building In Banana Island

The Lagos government has confirmed the recovery of one dead body from the rubble of the collapsed building at 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi.

This was confirmed in a statement released by the state commissioner of Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, mentioning that the body was recovered on Friday by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

SaharaReporters had reported that the building which collapsed on Wednesday was under construction and trapped many people inside.

The island, which is one of the most expensive places to live in Africa, is an artificial island off the foreshore of Ikoyi, Lagos. The name of the posh island derives from the curvature of its shape.

The commissioner’s statement reads: “Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) workers’ search and recovery efforts unearthed the remains of the adult male hitherto unaccounted for by site supervisors.

“The excavation of the site, using the architectural designs, continues. The site has been divided into quadrants for a painstaking search and rescue operation. Quadrants 2 and 3 have been levelled to ground zero, with the search operation completed. Quadrant 4 is ongoing.

“Twenty-five people were rescued from the site when the building went down on Wednesday. They are all doing fine. When a roll call was done by the site supervisors, everyone was accounted for. Nobody could ascertain whether the victim whose body was found this morning was on the site – as of the time the roll call was taken.”


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