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Ikoyi building collapse: Lagos govt conducts DNA tests for identification of bodies

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday confirmed that 29 families have submitted samples for DNA to identify bodies evacuated from the collap...



The Lagos State Government on Tuesday confirmed that 29 families have submitted samples for DNA to identify bodies evacuated from the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi area of the State.

Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, in a statement on Monday said that the identification of bodies had continued at the IDH, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.

He explained that a committee to supervise the identification and release of the bodies had been set up by the State government, and it comprised of senior officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice.

”Twenty-nine families have come forward to submit samples for DNA to identify bodies that they wish to claim.

”In cases where identification is clear and there are no arguments, the bodies will be released to the families as from this week.

”At the site, the operation continues. It will go on until the site is cleared and no body is left in the rubble of the collapsed 21-storey edifice,” he said.

Meanwhile, as at Monday, the death toll had risen to 43. The 15 injured persons who were rescued are receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Falomo.

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