One unidentified body recovered from collapsed Banana Island building

One unidentified body recovered from collapsed Banana Island building

One dead body has been recovered from the rubble of the collapsed building on 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Lagos, Southwestern Nigeria.

The body was discovered after the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) workers conducted a search and recovery operation.

In a statement, Gbenga Omotoso, commissioner for information and strategy, said the excavation of the collapsed building was still ongoing as expected.

The identity of the dead body has not been ascertained, he said.

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“When a roll call was done by the site supervisors, everyone was accounted for. Nobody could ascertain whether the victim whose body was found this morning was on the site – as of the time the roll call was taken.”

“The excavation of the site, using the architectural designs, continues. The site has been divided into quadrants for a painstaking search and rescue operation. Quadrants 2 and 3 have been leveled to ground zero, with the search operation completed. Quadrant 4 is ongoing,” he said.

“Twenty-five people were rescued from the site when the building went down on Wednesday. They are all doing fine.

Recall the building, which was under construction, collapsed on Wednesday evening, trapping some workers beneath the rubble.

Banana Island is an artificial island off the foreshore of IkoyiLagosNigeria. Its name derives from the curvature of its shape. The island is a planned, mixed development with residential, commercial and recreational buildings.

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