Building collapse: Lagos asks families to visit Yaba hospital to identify victims

The Lagos state government says family members of victims of the Ikoyi building collapse can visit the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) at Yaba, to identify their relatives.

The high-rise in Ikoyi axis of Lagos collapsed on Monday afternoon with many people trapped in the rubble.

There is still no official figure of how many people were in the building when the structure caved in.

As of Friday afternoon, recovery efforts were ongoing at the site.


Addressing journalists on Friday at the site, Gbenga Omotosho, the state commissioner for information, said the rescue exercise will continue until all those believed to be at the building before the collapse are accounted for.

“Now, we have recovered 38 bodies and as you know, we have nine survivors and some bodies are ready for identification,” Omotosho said.

“People can go to IDH Yaba from 4pm to identify the bodies of their loved ones. For bodies that may be very difficult to identify, we will conduct DNA tests for such bodies to be identified. I will like to let you know that the operation continues.”


The commissioner also said 32 persons said to be at the building before the collapse have been declared missing by their relatives.

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