Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday said 42 bodies have been recovered from the 21-storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi.
Mr Sanwo-Olu also said the number of people rescued from the building has increased to 15, adding that six people were recently evacuated alive from the collapsed structure and are currently being treated at the Police Hospital in Falomo, Ikoyi.
The governor was at the site with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, and Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule.
“There are additional six people that we’ve also been able to identify and who were on site when the building collapsed. They were taken to the Police Hospital in Falomo for treatment and some of them have been discharged.
“We have taken the full records of survivors in the incident. And this gives a total of 15 people rescued alive. We have a total of 42 bodies that have been recovered,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Among the latest survivors are a 38-year-old woman, Glory Samson. Others are Ndajor Ahmed, Yunusa Abubaka, Ajiboye Habib, Jeremiah Samson, and one man identified as Emem.
While most of them sustained varying degrees of injury, Samson, 20, is said to be in a coma.
Sanwo-Olu said 49 families had filled the missing persons’ register as of Saturday morning. He said the register had helped the state government to reconcile the details of victims rescued alive and also medically account for bodies recovered.
The governor said identification of bodies by relatives had commenced, adding that DNA examination was being undertaken on some of the bodies difficult to be identified by their families.
“There is a sum of money that has been reserved by the State Government for succour and to give for befitting burial for those who died in the incident. Families that so wish to accept it are being supported for the burial arrangement. Also, survivors in hospitals have been given the financial support to help them settle and cope with challenges of feeding in the aftermath of the incident,” Sanwo-Olu said.