To honour the dead, the governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has declared three days of mourning over the incident that took place on Monday.
According to the governor, no fewer than 32 persons lost their lives in the incident said Mr Gbenga Omotosho, The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement "All flags are to be flown at half-mast in public and private buildings and official engagements cancelled during the mourning period."
The governor has visited the site three times after the incident to spur on the rescue team — Lagos Rescue Unit (LRU), Lagos State Fire Service and Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) — and also to console relations of those who are believed to have been trapped in the collapsed building.
Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also set up a six-man panel to investigate and find out why the building went down and promised that a report of the investigations will be made public in due course. He also recommends measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
Is there anyone out there who believe or think that Femi Osibona, the late developer of the tragic Ikoyi property set out to kill himself and others deliberately? From the videos and life interviews I have seen, Femi was a man extremely proud about what he was doing. He was also grateful to God for it.
I have watched videos of him dancing and praising God at the rooftop of the building with Mrs Momodu and some Italians he described as the best in their fields.
Femi was fond of taking celebrities and Royalties to the property. Some weeks ago, he was there with the Oluwo of Iwo. Do you think he will be doing that if he knew there was a distant possibility of the thing collapsing? Do you think that Femi will be anywhere near the property if he thought remotely that the property could collapse and kill him and others?
Femi was a young man extremely confident and proud about what he was doing. He wanted to be the first to offer a property in Ikoyi with 360-degree views. He dreamt about it; lived it; and died with it.
We still don’t know the details of what really happened.
Government officials are talking over themselves and contradicting one another. The suspended GM of LASBCA said he had the approval to build 15 floors and he built 21 floors.
He added that he has been arrested. Now, we know he died in the collapsed building!
The deputy-Governor, Toyin Hamzat said he had approval for 21 floors and not 15 floors; but the approval document trending online has 15 floors. The Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu admitted that mistakes were made and has inaugurated a panel to unravel the circumstances leading to the collapse of the building.
He promised to punish those who are responsible.
As we watch the events unfold, please take thought for the families that have lost loved ones and stop passing judgment until you know the details. The families lost loved ones in excruciating situations. Femi’s family lost a son, husband, breadwinner, and funds he may have borrowed to do the project. Femi’s death and those of others should be both teaching and learning moments for all of us.
May their Souls Rest In Peace and may God comfort their families and loved ones, and the people and Government of Lagos State.