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Sanwo-Olu orders probe into Ikoyi collapsed building

Ayodele Olalere

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered investigation into the circumstances sorrounding the collapse of the 21-storey Ikoyi building which was under construction.

According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, the governor ordered the probe after his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat visited the scene of the incident.

The governor also called for calm over the incident.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, had visited the site in the company of other officials, including the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako; Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Bamgbose- Martins; Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mr. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba; Special Adviser, GIS and Physical Planning, Dr. Olajide Babatunde; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe as well as General Manager, LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu.

Also on ground were the Lagos Rescue Unit (LRU), Lagos State Fire Service and Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) battling to save the lives of those under the rubble.

Three persons have been reportedly rescued, as efforts are ongoing to save more lives continue. Three people have been confirmed dead and pulled out of the rubbles

The Deputy Governor directed security agents to cordon off the site to facilitate rescue efforts.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Arch. Gbolahan Oki, was also at the scene assessing the site for any likely damage to the surrounding structures.

Omotoso said a report of the investigations will be made public in due course.