Rescue agencies are still operating seven days after a 21-storey building collapsed on Gerrard Road in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
It was learned that responders were already concluding their operation as the death toll hit 44 on Sunday.
It had been reported that the 21-storey building crumbled last Monday around 2 pm.
The skyscraper, owned by Fourscore Heights Limited, trapped over 50 persons, including the firm’s Managing Director, Femi Osibona; his friend, a United States of America-based Nigerian businessman, Wale Bob-Oseni; his personal assistant, Oyinye Enekwe, and clients.
Other deceased persons included a member of the National Youth Service Corps, identified only as Oyindamola; an aluminum fabricator, Kenneth Otu; an engineer and pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Water Parish, Ibafo, Ogun State, Ola Ogunfunwa, among others.
Since the incident happened, family members of victims and sympathizers had thronged the area daily, hoping to see their loved ones alive, while some lamented that they were not allowed to identify their loved ones.
The affected families were, however, granted access on Saturday to find their loved ones among the corpses recovered and deposited in the Lagos Mainland Hospital morgue.
The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday around 6 pm, said 42 bodies had been recovered so far from the rubble.
According to a source on Sunday, two more bodies were recovered from the rubble, which increased the death toll to 44.