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Collapsed Ikoyi building: Head rolls as Gov. Sanwo-Olu suspends GM, LASBCA indefinitely

Ayodele Olalere

In the aftermath of the collapsed building in the Ikoyi area of the state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has suspended, indefinitely, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr. Gbolahan Oki.

Oki’s suspension was made known by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso.

The government has also set up an independent panel to probe the causes of the incident.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner, members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies.

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“It will independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence.

“The investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the government will surely find out what went wrong and punish those indicted.

“The governor, as a first step, has directed that the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr. Gbolahan Oki, an architect, be suspended from work immediately. The suspension is indefinite,”

The commissioner confirmed that nine persons, all men, had been pulled out of the rubble alive, and had been taken to the hospital, while 14 others were brought out dead as at 2:00pm, on Tuesday.

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The commissioner continued, “Mr. Sanwo-Olu thanks all first responders and those who have joined the rescue efforts, including construction giants Julius Berger, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“A help desk is to be set up at the site for people seeking information about their relations who may have been involved in the incident.

“The media are hereby notified that the government will be releasing information whenever the need arises to avoid any sensational reporting of the unfortunate incident.”

He said the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, was also at the site, on Tuesday, “to encourage rescuers and comfort relations of those trapped in the rubble.

“We wish to state that there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth in this incident. If anybody is found to have been indicted, he or she will face the law.

“It is important to restate that all developers and property owners are required to adhere strictly to all Building Codes and Planning Regulations to ensure the safety of lives and property.  Those who ignore such regulations, breaking seals and defying enforcement, will surely be prosecuted,” the governor was quoted to have warned.