Collapse of the Ikoyi Building: How the 21-story building collapsed – Survivor opens

Collapse of the Ikoyi Building: How the 21-story building collapsed - Survivor opens

One of the survivors of the collapse of the 21-story building in Ikoyi, Lagos, made some new revelations about what happened.

The survivor said they were working on a broken pillar on the first floor of the skyscraper when it collapsed, according to PREMIUM TIMES.

The survivor, a construction site worker, was interviewed in one of the hospitals where he is still hospitalized.

PREMIUM TIMES is hiding his identity to avoid being persecuted for talking to the press. He also said he was warned not to tell anyone about the incident.

“I was working with my colleague. I was told not to tell anyone. That day, we were working on the first floor, engineer Kola and engineer Ola told us there is a pillar on the first floor, the pillar was broken, the engineers told us to break the pillar so that we can fix another pillar there because the pillar is really big, they trust that nothing would happen to the pillar if they established another one, ”he said.

“Suddenly we heard a noise, the thing (pillar) started shaking, me and on Monday (another worker) ran when we saw that the pillar was starting to shake. When I ran, I fell, I struggled to get out ”.

He said he managed to get out of the building and a doorman helped him get on a motorcycle that took him to the hospital before the government rescuers arrived.

“When I ran outside, the doorman saw me, now he called a bike man. I escaped before the rescue officers arrived. The owner of the house (Femi Osibona) knows (knew) about the pillar, which was broken. He told the two engineers to ask us to break it. He was aware, saw us, even gave us money for food (breakfast). He saw us there when we were working on it ”.

He said Mr. Osibona was in a meeting when the building collapsed.

He also said two members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which he identified as Sam and Shola, were also trapped under the rubble.

The workman’s report provides an overview of what may have caused the skyscraper to collapse last week. At least 44 bodies have been recovered from the rubble and 15 people have been rescued since rescue operations began at the site on November 1.

Last week, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a six-man commission to investigate the causes of the collapse.

The governor has also signed a bill giving legal support to the panel.

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