Death Toll of Ikoyi Building Collapse Hits 36.
Thirty- three of the deceased are men with three women, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Since the collapse of the Gerrard terrace building in Ikoyi on the afternoon of November 1st, many families have been thrown into mourning.
The building was under construction when it suddenly collapsed on construction workers and some other persons who have since been identified.
In all, over 50 people were trapped at the time of the collapse, and families and friends of the victims are waiting patiently to hear from their relatives who they believe are trapped under the rubble at the Ikoyi building collapse.
Some of the identities of the victims of the Ikoyi building collapse have begun to surface.
“She Just Started Working With The Company A Week Ago”
Onyinye Enekwe, a 26-year-old woman set to wed next month is one of those buried under collapsed Ikoyi building and her corpse was found on the morning of November 3rd.
The deceased was employed to work as a personal assistant, just a few days before the unfortunate incident occurred.
The graduate of the Nnamdi Azikwe University was employed to work as a personal assistant for the developer, Femi Osibona, and she resumed work on Friday, October 29, 2021 and she has not collected any salary from this employment.
She lived at Ago palace way, Okota but they offered her accommodation in Ikoyi because of the distance and also, a monthly salary of N150k.
She had taken a picture of herself at the site that morning and sent the photo to her older sister before the building collapsed.
“He Was Heading To The US That Morning”
Another victim that has been identified is America-bound real estate dealer, Wale Bob-Oseni.
Wale was a real estate dealer and executive director of African Bureau for Legislative Empowerment.
According to reports, the Howard University graduate was on his way to the US on Monday, November 1, when he got a call from his friend, associate, and owner of Fourscore Homes, Femi Osibona, to check out the ongoing construction of the Gerald Terraces.
The building collapsed with Bob-Oseni and Osibona inside, and they are now feared dead after 48 hours of rescue efforts.
In a video that went viral after the collapse, a man believed to be Bob-Oseni’s driver was seen tearfully saying he was to take his boss to the Lagos airport.
“He was heading to America. I wanted to go and drop him in the airport,” the driver said in tears.
Confirming the development, Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu, who was close to both of them, told TheCable on Wednesday that both men were his “aburos.”
“Wale was on his way to the US… this is so tragic,” he added.
RCCG Pastor And 22 Workers
A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ola Ogunfuwa who is in charge of the Living Water Parish in Ibafo, Ogun State, was said to be working as a contractor on the project and has not been heard from or been identified among those rescued or brought out dead.
He was in the building with 22 of his workers who are said to be trapped under the debris.
A friend of Ogunfuwa and an RCCG pastor, Omotosho Shola Emmanuel, who confirmed this said the victim doubled as an engineer and came with 22 other artisans, comprising bricklayers and welders, from Ibafo to work in the building.
“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 (Ogun State) to work here; labourers, bricklayers, welders, about 22 different guys that came together with him to work on the project.
Till now, out of those that have been rescued, we’ve not seen any of those 22 and he himself is still there because we learnt that yesterday (Monday), 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 but about 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 still there.
As a church, we prayed all through yesterday night 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, definitely, we are still expecting more people to be rescued,” Omotosho added, praying God will bring more survivors out.
The Names Of Those That Survived So Far
Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed the names of six survivors of collapsed Ikoyi building.
Speaking to newsmen at the site of the collapse, the governor gave the names of the survivors as Oduntan Timilehin (26); Ahmed Keleku (19, from Cotonou); Sunday Monday (21, suffered left leg fracture); Adeniran Mayowa (37, hip injury); Solagbade Nurudeen (33, pelvic injury) and Waliu Lateef (32).
He said three other survivors have so far been discharged from the hospital.
The governor said bereaved families would be invited to identify their loved ones latest Thursday after an autopsy has been conducted on the bodies recovered.
The number of survivors remains nine at the time of filing this report.
Two survivors have been discharged from the hospital.
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Death Toll of Ikoyi Building Collapse Hits 36.
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