The Lagos State government on Wednesday said that it was not aware whether or not the collapsed 21-Storey building at Ikoyi, Lagos State was earlier insured by any insurance company.

Many people were said to have lost their lives to the following a sudden collapse of the building.

The state Commissioner of Information, Gbenga Omotosho, while speaking with SaharaReporters, noted that the attention of the government at the moment was to ensure that the victims got a befitting burial.

He noted that a DNA examination would be carried out on the dead bodies to identify the families of the victims.

Omotosho said, “It is too early for people to contemplate whether or not the buildings (around the collapsed 360degrees building) will be pulled down. It's a professional matter. I am not aware if the collapse building was earlier insured but the government's plan is to ensure that the victims get befitted burial and for their families to be able to identify and give them befitting burial. They are going to do DNA.” 

SaharaReporters earlier on Wednesday reported that the state government announced that 29 families had submitted samples for DNA to identify bodies evacuated from the collapsed 21-storey building in the Ikoyi area.

This had been made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Omotosho.

He had explained that a committee to supervise the identification and release of the bodies had been set up by the State government, and is comprised of senior officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice.

Meanwhile, as of Monday, the death toll had risen to 44 and 15 injured persons who were rescued are receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Falomo.


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