The young man who allegedly cheated death and jumped from the collapsed 21-storey Ikoyi building as it was about to collapse has given his account of how it all happened.
In a video interview conducted by The Guardian, the man, who identified himself as Williams Nwachukwu, revealed that he was sleeping when he suddenly heard the building vibrating and realized it was about to collapse.
Nwachukwu, aged 19, also confirmed that he works and bathes in the building before it collapsed.
Nwachukwu disclosed that he came to Lagos State in January and he is from Imo State.
When he was asked if he actually jumped from the 10th floor to save his life, he explained that the information was false, saying that he actually jumped from the 4th floor and not the 10th floor.
Asked if the government had reached out to him after the building collapsed, he mentioned that they had and also showed concern about his health.
The survivor stated that the Lagos State government told him they would reach out to him again to make sure he was alright.
When asked if his family were aware of his present situation, he replied in the affirmative, saying that they were aware and his elder brother would be coming to get him.
Speaking further, the survivor revealed that he was done with secondary school education but had no wish to further his education because of financial issues.
He added that he was being paid N3500 per day but after the incident he had no place to stay and no food to eat as his friends were the ones presently catering for his meals.
What Lagos Govt Will Do For Families Of Dead, Injured Victims – Governor Sanwo-Olu Reveals
As families of the victims of the 21-storey Ikoyi building collapse continue to mourn their loved ones, the Government of Lagos State has revealed plans to ease their pains.
Addressing newsmen at the site of the collapse in the company of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that the State would foot the bills of those injured.
Governor Sanwo-Olu explained that his administration is working behind the scene to support the families of the victims involved and provide succor to them.
“There is a plan around what kind of incentives [to give]; we don’t need to publicly announce that. The issue is that we want to be sure we are dealing with the right people,” Sanwo-Olu said on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu also expressed the intention of his administration to provide monetary support to families to help with the burial arrangements for their loved ones lost in the building collapse.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also mentioned a case of an unidentified young man that was trapped in the rubble, assuring that the State Government will help his family.
Sanwo-Olu added: “If you let us know who this young person is and we can identify him as one of the people that were on-site, we can pick up his case. Some of them, we are also helping out.
“The people that are going to the Infectious Disease Hospital to pick up their corpses, also have an option because the government has also provided a cost for the burial cost for them.
“We have ensured that we can pick and there is a sum of money that has been made available to be given to the family that so wish just to support the burial arrangements extensively. Also, people that are in the hospital are given support so that they can settle back at home without having the challenge of how do we eat for the next couple of days.”
Recall that the high-rise building on Gerrard Road in the Ikoyi area of Lagos caved in on Monday, killing at least 42 people.
Femi Osibona’s Wife, Brothers Reportedly Clash Over Exotic Cars, Assets
In the same vein, the wife and brothers of Femi Osibona, owner of the recently collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi area of Lagos are reportedly at loggerheads over his assets.
According to news reports, the wife had just flown from the United States after the news of Osibona’s demise broke and tried gaining access to her husband’s apartment along Mosley Road, Ikoyi but was denied access by some of her late husband’s brothers.
According to Naija News, it was reported that Osibona’s brothers denied the wife access to the deceased’s apartment because there were bundles of money, keys to expensive vehicles and others in the house.”
Mrs Osibona is said to have four children for the late Osibona whose body was, on Thursday, recovered from the rubble of the 21-storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi on Monday, November 1.
It was learnt that the two families had come with Mobile Police Officers (MOPOL) after which they were locked out by residents of the building who are neighbours of the deceased.
A source said to Sahara Reporters that; “The brothers and wife of Femi Osibona are fighting over access to bank details of the deceased and keys to expensive vehicles.