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Ikoyi Collapsed Building: Developer, RCCG Pastor, others still missing

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As the death toll at the collapsed high rise building at Ikoyi reportedly increased to 21 on Wednesday, many people are still believed to be trapped in the rubble including the developer and Managing Director, Fourscore Heights Limited Mr Femi Osibona, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ola Ogunfuwa, and 22 others from the Ibafo area of Ogun State.

While describing the incident as a national disaster on Wednesday, the Lagos State governor,  Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed that 21 persons were brought out dead from the rubble.

Meanwhile, controversy is still raging over the approved floors for the building. While the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat stated that 21 storeys were approved, the suspended General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Gbolahan Oki has stated that the collapsed structure was approved as a 15-storey building, and not 21.

A new document emerged on Wednesday, showing that the Lagos State Government approved 15 storeys for the company.

RCCG Pastor, 22 other workers still trapped

A pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Omotosho Emmanuel, disclosed to The Punch that his 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.

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; definitely we are still expecting more people to be rescued.”

 

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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