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Lagos suspends Building Control Agency boss over Ikoyi 21-Storey collapse

The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Mr Gbolahan Oki, an architect, has been suspended by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the recently collapsed 21-storey building at Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.

Oki’s suspension was announced by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement made available to the media on Tuesday.

According to the statement, “The Governor, as a first step, has directed that the General Manager of LASBCA, Mr Gbolahan Oki, an architect, be suspended from work immediately. The suspension is indefinite.

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“More equipment and personnel have been deployed in the site to save more lives.

“Nine persons – all men – have been pulled out of the rubble alive. They have been taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, 15 others were brought out dead – as at 2pm.

“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).”

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