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The Lagos state government says 14 bodies have been retrieved from the rubble of the 21-storey building which collapsed on Monday.
Over 24 hours after the high-rise building in Ikoyi collapsed, nine survivors have been rescued.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for information and strategy, said all the survivors are men.
“Nine persons – all men – have been pulled out of the rubble alive. They have been taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, 14 others were brought out dead – as at 2pm,” the statement reads.
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“Mr. Sanwo-Olu thanks all first responders and those who have joined the rescue efforts, including construction giants Julius Berger, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“A help desk is to be set up at the site for people seeking information about their relations who may have been involved in the incident.
“The media are hereby notified that the government will be releasing information whenever the need arises to avoid any sensational reporting of the unfortunate incident.