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Sanwo-Olu suspends LASBCA boss over Ikoyi high-rise building collapse

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following the collapse of a high-rise building in Ikoyi that claimed over 14 people lives, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, indefinitely.

Sanwo-Olu said that the suspension of the LASBCA boss was to ascertain reasons for the collapse and to ensure anyone indicted for wrongdoing could be punished in accordance with the law.

The governor, who described Oki’s suspension as the first step in the search for truth on the building, assured Lagosians and investors in the real estate industry that the state government would surely find out what went wrong and punish those indicted.

He disclosed the suspension through a statement released by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and made it available to newsmen on Tuesday.

According to him, the government will surely find out what went wrong and punish those indicted. And as a first step, I have directed that the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, an architect, be suspended from work immediately. The suspension is indefinite.

“We wish to state that there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth in this incident. If anybody is found to have been indicted, he or she will face the law”, the governor added.

To unravel what transpired at the scene, the governor noted that an independent panel would be set up to probe the collapse of the high-rise building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.

“Members of 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”, he added.

Sanwo-Olu noted that the panel would be mandated to independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident as well as make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrences. The investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.

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