Collapse Building: Death Toll Rises To 38

The death toll in the 21-storey building that collapsed on Monday on Gerrard Road, in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State, has increased to 38.

The building under construction crumbled around 2pm when workers were on the site.

This development was disclosed by Ibrahim Farinloye, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Coordinator South-west.

Farinloye noted that so far, 38 persons are dead while 9 survivors have been rescued so far.

“Out of the survivors, a female and 8 males.
Out of the dead, 3 females and 35 male dead.

The agency confirmed that in the last 10-minutes, two male bodies have also been recovered from the debris.
Report said some individuals that mobilised scores of work.en to the site claimed that they were to see the workers dead or alive.

According to Punch Metro, the man said, “I brought 10 people to this site on Monday; my brother, my wife’s brother and others. But I have only been able to see one body out of the 10 people.”
A pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Omotosho Emmanuel, said a colleague, Ola Ogunfuwa, and 22 others from the Ibafo area of Ogun State, were also trapped in the rubble.

Ogunfuwa, who is the pastor of the RCCG, Living Water Parish, Ibafo, was one of the engineers at the collapsed building.

Emmanuel said Ogunfuwa came with the 22 artisans when he was told that workers were needed on the site.

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He said, “I am here this morning because one of my pastor friends is working here; he is an engineer. He came with about 22 people all the way from Ibafo to work here; labourers, bricklayers, welders, about 22 different guys that came together with him to work just to make sure the project is completed.
“They talked to him that they needed workers and he brought those guys.

“Up till now, out of those that have been rescued, we’ve not seen any of those 22 and he is still there because we learnt that at break time, he came out to eat but as he was about washing his hands to eat, he was summoned by one of his bosses and he went back inside. Not up to five to 10 minutes later, the building collapsed and he was trapped.

“He is still there now and we pray that God will have his way upon those that are still there. As a church, we prayed all through yesterday night just to make sure God have his way and we’re still believing that there is nothing God cannot do because we know that people are still many there, they said they are over 50.

“The ones they’ve rescued are not up to 10; we are still expecting more people to be rescued.”

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