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Ikoyi collapsed building: Two more bodies recovered as death toll hits 22

Emergency workers have recovered two more bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The recovery of more bodies, three days after the building collapsed, takes the death toll to 22, with search and rescue operations ongoing.

Nine persons have been rescued so far.

The building – a high-rise under construction located along Gerrard Road in the nation’s commercial hub – collapsed on Monday afternoon.

It remains unclear the total number of people in the building at the time of the collapse. But witnesses say dozens may have been trapped.

Rescue operation so far has accounted for 31 people – nine alive and 22 dead.

On Tuesday, a day after the collapse, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, indefinitely.

He also announced that an independent panel will probe and investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident, as well as make recommendations on how to prevent future collapses.

This is in addition to an internal probe the government is already conducting.

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