Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the executive governor of Lagos State has suspended Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), for an indefinite period as the death toll of the Ikoyi building collapse hits 14.
Oki’s suspension comes as a direct result of the 21-storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi on Monday, November 1.
Nine people have been found alive under the rubble, but 14 people have been brought out dead, according to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
Mean while, the state government also announced on Tuesday that it will set up an independent panel to probe the circumstances of the collapse.
Members of the panel will be picked from professional bodies including the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), and Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
This comes after several reports have emerged since the incident on Monday to suggest that the collapse of the under-construction building was a disaster waiting to happen.
A structural consultant for the building withdrew from the project last year, expressing concerns about construction errors.
In a leaked letter shared widely online, the firm, Prowess Engineering Limited, said it could only fully guarantee the integrity of the two adjoining buildings for the planned luxury property.
Omotoso said in his statement that there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth of what happened to the building.
“If anybody is found to have been indicted, he or she will face the law,”. He said.
The commissioner also called on all developers and property owners to adhere strictly to all building codes and planning regulations to ensure the safety of lives and property.