The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that the death toll from the collapse of the 21-storey building at 20, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi Lagos State, has increased to 36.
Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this in a message to journalists on Thursday morning, November 4.
“So far, 36 people – 33 males and three females — have been confirmed dead, while there were nine survivors,” Farinloye wrote.
The survivors include eight males and one female.
The operation to rescue those trapped in the rubble of the 21-storey building, which collapsed on Monday, is still ongoing.
Recall that 14 persons were confirmed dead on Wednesday by the NEMA.
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has criticized the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.
Moghalu made this disclosure in a series of tweets on Wednesday, November 3; while noting that the tactics used by IPOB harm the people of the South-East greatly.
He also accused the government of failing to handle the issue of IPOB properly while advocating the need for negotiations.
Moghalu urged the people of the State to file out and perform their civic right on Saturday.
He wrote: “The complex problem of the IPOB sit-at-home order is a challenge. But that’s why there is a heavy security presence.
“@NigeriaGov has not handled the IPOB issue well, with its exclusive reliance on force; instead of including dialogue among its options in what is essentially a political conflict that has turned into criminality.
“Even worse is the failure and illegitimacy of the region’s traditional political elite, a vacuum IPOB occupied. But IPOB’s tactics are harming the Igbo greatly.
“Say what anyone may, the violence, state of fear, and staggering economic productivity losses; increase rather than reverse marginalization and steal hope from the future of our young people in the region. Vote on Saturday. Vote for our hopes, not for our fears.”