Body of Femi Osibona, developer of collapsed Ikoyi building finally recovered rubble.

The body of owner of Fourscore Homes, the company in charge of the 21-storey building that collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state, Femi Osibona was on Thursday found dead in the rubble.

Patmos Media Line had reported on Tuesday that unconfirmed sources said he had died in the rubble.

An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has now confirmed the development, stating that rescue workers recovered Osibona’s body on Thursday evening, 4 November.

There were several security operatives on ground, as the ministry of health conveyed his body away from the site.

Meanwhile, as of Thursday afternoon, NEMA had recovered 38 bodies, with rescue workers still searching for more survivors.

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a six-man panel of inquiry to investigate the cause of the collapse.

As part of its job, the panel will also ascertain whether the developer, contractor, and statutory regulatory agencies compromise on the building codes.

The name of members of the probe panel was released at the scene of the incident by Sanwo-Olu, with the list comprising a professional builder, town planner, structural engineer, and legal practitioner, all from the private sector.

The building located at 20 Gerrard Road collapsed around 2:00 p.m. on Monday while workers were working at the site.

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

In one of our reports, we had included a video of Osibona dancing on the roof top of the building during a worship session led by the originator of the “Oniduro mi e seun” song, Adeyinka Alaseyori.

There are issues that the panel will have to solve during its sitting:

1. How was an approved 15 storey building raised to 21?

2. Femi Osibona was arrested last year for using inferior materials and was released same day by ‘orders from above’, who was that?

3. He was reported to have terminated the contract of the site Engineer about a month to the collapse because he was not cooperating and protesting use of sub quality materials. Where is the Engineer and what can he tell us?

4. Why are the Nigeria Society of Engineer (NSE) and other bodies quiet over the crumbled edifice?

5. Governor Sanwoolu said the blame is here and there. Good can he write a WAEC answer by explain and annotating with diagrams and facts the blame list?



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