Death Toll From 21 - Storey Building Collapse Hits 22 - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Death Toll From 21 - Storey Building Collapse Hits 22

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| The Daily Crucible | Published Tuesday,  November 2, 2021

No fewer than 22 persons trapped in the debris of a 21-storey building under construction has collapsed on Gerard Road, Ikoyi which came down on Monday, have been pulled out dead.

Some of the victims were said to be construction workers and food vendors.

The supporting structures - reinforced pillars of the building had on Monday afternoon, let out frightening cracking sounds and went in disarray  before it crumbles to the ground in ruins. 

Many, including the owner who was said to be holding a meeting with the workers, were believed to be somewhere underneath the rubble  even as the Lagos State first responders battled to rescue more victims.

One of the persons suspected to be a victim is one Wale Bob-Oseni, a real estate dealer and executive director of African Bureau for Legislative Empowerment in the United States.

Wale was said to be on his way to the US that fateful Monday when he got a call from Femi Osibona, owner of Fourscore Homes, to have a glance of the ongoing development at Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos state.

As he was on his way to the airport, cruel fate ensured that he stopped by to see the 21-storey building.

The fear is rife that building collapsed with Bob-Oseni and Osibona inside and after 48 hours of rescue efforts, both have not been located and their phones weren't responding any more even as the hope survival for people still trapped under the debris, if any, dimmed.

 The Daily Crucible learnt that heavy duty equipment and life detection devices deployed in the site had continued to work through the rubble searching for victims.

 The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, was at the scene of the incident to encourage the first responders and comfort survivors also.

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