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Lagos suspends building control agency boss, sets up probe panel on Ikoyi collapsed tower

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The Lagos State has set up an independent panel to probe the collapse of the 21-storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, as the state suspended the head of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki indefinitely.

According to a statement signed the state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotosho, the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies.

The commissioner said the panel will independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence.

He said the investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.

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The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was quoted as saaying that the government will surely find out what went wrong and punish those indicted.

Already, nine persons have been pulled out of the rubble alive. They have been taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, 14 others were brought out dead as of 2pm.

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).

A help desk is to be set up at the site for people seeking information about their relations who may have been involved in the incident. The media are hereby notified that the government will be releasing information whenever the need arises to avoid any sensational reporting of the unfortunate incident.

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