One body recovered from collapsed building in Lagos’ Banana Island despite claim of no casualty

One body has been recovered from the rubble of the collapsed building at 1st Avenue, Banana Island, Ikoyi area of Lagos state despite the earlier claims of no casualties.


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The body was recovered following the search and recovery efforts of the workers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

The seven-storey building, which was under construction, collapsed on Wednesday, leaving many workers trapped.

Although no fewer than 25 people were rescued from the collapsed structure, City Round gathered that emergency responders, who stormed the scene for the rescue operation, continued with the search.

However, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement on Friday, disclosed that the body of the male victim was found on Friday morning, almost 48 hours after the incident.

Omotoso said, “The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency search and recovery efforts unearthed the remains of the adult male hitherto unaccounted for by site supervisors.

“The excavation of the site, using architectural designs, continues. The site has been divided into quadrants for a painstaking search and rescue operation. Quadrants two and three have been levelled to ground zero, with the search operation completed. Quadrant four is ongoing.

“Nobody could ascertain whether the victim, whose body was found this morning, was on the site – as of the time the roll call was taken.”
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The management of Banana Island estate in Lagos has refused to grant access to the site of the collapsed seven-storey building.

TheCable had reported that a seven-storey building collapsed in Banana Island on Wednesday evening.

The incident was said to have happened when workers were inside the building.

Reacting to the incident, the Lagos state ministry of physical planning and urban development said a few people sustained injuries and no fatality.

Banana Island is an artificial island off the foreshore of IkoyiLagosNigeria. Its name derives from the curvature of its shape. The island is a planned, mixed development with residential, commercial and recreational buildings.

The original Banana Island construction project entitled Lagoon City was the brainchild of the late Chief Adebayo Adeleke, a University of London trained Civil Engineer (MICE), and CEO of City Property Development Ltd.

Adeleke had originally commissioned a new urban development in Maroko, Victoria Island, but that project had been acquired by the Lagos State government. Following a lengthy 10 year court case, Lagos State government offered other parcels of land as consideration for the Maroko development.

Many[who?] scoffed at Chief Adeleke’s decision to select the Ikoyi Island perimeter, however they were unable to appreciate the foresight of the Chief, who promptly engaged the Westminster Dredging Company to dredge the foreshore, and create six interlinked and symmetrical islands.

He wanted to create a development that would “Make Nigeria Proud”, and engaged Minoru Yamasaki the architect of Manhattan’s World Trade Centre ‘Twin Towers’ building. Starchitect[clarification needed] Yamasaki’s replica twin towers comprised the flagship iconic building on the main island.[citation needed]

To complete the Lagoon City concept, Chief Adeleke planned an aesthetic design including a City Airport, which was a vision conceived long before the London Docklands Development, London City Airport, Dubai’s Palm Islands or Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport.

As soon as he had reclaimed the land and the idea was unveiled, others[who?] attempted to wrestle the land from him, and the project was ‘acquired’ again with no consideration being paid to City Property Development Limited. Since 1983, the ‘acquisition’ is currently being challenged in various courts, and there are Caveat Emptor warnings in place to warn prospective buyers that their investment could be at risk in future. There is also litigation pending in the UK and European courts regarding this matter.

The subsequent developers were principally interested in maximising the yield of the land at the expense of the aesthetic innovative design foreseen by Chief Adebayo Adeleke. Consequently the land was filled in to create a banana shaped island, hence Banana Island. Banana Island, is an area of IkoyiLagosNigeria, 8.6 kilometres east of Tafawa Balewa Square. Part of the Lagos Local Government Area of Eti-Osa in Central Lagos.[citation needed]

Banana Island is a man-made island in Lagos StateNigeria that is slightly curved in shape – like a banana. It is located in the Lagos Lagoon and is connected to Ikoyi Island by a dedicated road which is linked to the existing road network near Parkview Estate. The island was constructed by the Lebanese-Nigerian Chagoury Group in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing,[1][2] and is considered to be on-par with the 7th arrondissement of ParisLa Jolla, California (in San Diego), and Tokyo‘s Shibuya and Roppongi neighbourhoods.[3]

It occupies a sand-filled area of approximately 1,630,000 square metres and is divided into 536 plots (of between 1000 and 4000 square metres in size), mainly arranged along cul-de-sacs, designed as to enhance the historically residential nature of Ikoyi. Residents are provided with utilities, including underground electrical systems (versus the overhead cabling common throughout Lagos), an underground water supply network, a central sewage system/treatment plant, street lighting and satellite telecommunications networks.[4]

The Island is a planned, mixed development, with dedicated areas for residential, commercial and recreational activities. On the residential side of the Island, planning permission is not granted for dwellings over 3 storeys high. The developers also intend to develop a main piazza, a club-house, a primary and secondary school, a fire and police station and a medical clinic. They are also negotiating to build a 5-star hotel on the island, along with an array of smaller Guest Houses.

Banana Island hosts several high end residential developments such as Ocean Parade Towers [5] – a series of 14 luxury tower blocks strategically situated at one end of the island to take advantage of 180 degree panoramic views overlooking the lagoon. Similar to many of the developments on the island, it has dedicated leisure facilities such as a private health club – with tennis courts, squash courts and a swimming pool surrounded by extensive gardens.[6] At launch flats in Ocean Parade sold for over US$400,000.[7]

Several leading Nigerian and International corporates such as – Etisalat Nigeria,[8] Airtel Nigeria,[9] Ford Foundation Nigeria[10] and Olaniwun Ajayi & Co[11] – are also based on Banana Island.

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