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A two-storey building in Osapa London, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, has reportedly collapsed.

It was gathered that the building, which was under construction, caved in after a heavy downpour last night.

This comes barely 24 hours after a 21-storey building collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu consequently suspended the General Manager of the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki.

He has also ordered the setting up of an independent panel to probe the collapse.

Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, who disclosed this, said members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies.

According to him, the panel will independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence.

He, however, noted that the investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government; stressing that the Governor has said the government will surely find out what went wrong and punish those indicted.

Giving update on rescue mission at the scene of the collapse,  today, Omotoso put the number of persons pulled out of the rubble alive at nine; saying they have been taken to the hospital.

He also said 14 persons have been confirmed dead.

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