First Responders Testify at Inquest on Ikoyi Collapsed Building
The coroner inquest of the 21-storey building that collapsed on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, has heard how emergency responders carried out rescue operations at the site.
At the proceeding in the High Court Ikeja premises, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osayintolu, gave a vivid account of how responders carried out the rescue operations.
He gave evidence that none of the victims of the collapsed building died during the rescue operations saying that evidence showed that they were all dead before the rescue operations commenced.
While being led in evidence by the (counsel to) Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Mr A.S Odugbemi, Dr Oke-Osayintolu explained that the rescue operations were carried out by professionals and non-professionals alike, assisting with their equipment.
He said the agency was confronted with what he described as a classical national emergency in its years of existence.
Dr Oke-Osanyitolu added that the use of drone and Delsa equipment for detection of life enabled both primary and secondary emergency responders to determine that there was no life in the debris before work commenced.
Further hearing in the inquest has been adjourned till Friday, February 4, 2022.