Tribunal sworn in to probe Lagos collapse as death toll reaches 32

Remains of the 21-storey luxury apartment building that collapsed during construction in Lagos on Monday, 1 November (Lagos State Government Official Web Portal)
The governor of the Nigerian state of Lagos today swore in six members of a tribunal charged with investigating what caused a 21-storey luxury residential tower under construction in the city of Lagos to collapse on Monday.

Thirty-two bodies have now been pulled from the pancaked rubble, local media report.

The tribunal is chaired by the president of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners and includes two lawyers, a structural engineer, an architect and a representative of the Nigerian Institute of Building.

It has the power to summon witnesses.

“The inauguration of this panel shows sincerely that the State Government is interested in unravelling and get to the root cause of what happened to the building, so that everyone concerned, including the Government, will learn from the very unfortunate incident,” said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. “Lagosians and the world will be watching and waiting keenly, with the full expectation that the immediate and remote causes of this tragedy will be uncovered.”

He added that “the generation coming after will not forgive us if we don’t do the right thing on this incident”.

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