Grief as family, friends bury Ikoyi collapsed building’s engineer

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Grief on Saturday enveloped the Christian cemetery at Sagamu in Ogun State South-West Nigeria as family and friends gathered for the burial of one of the engineers that died in the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

No fewer than 30 artisans and engineers as well as the developer, Femi Osibona, died when the building collapsed at 55, Gerard Road, Ikoyi.

 

The building, which was under construction, collapsed on November 1, 2021, killing Engr. Oladunni Ogunfuwa and many others.

Suspense had enveloped his family and friends since the incident as his body was not identified among those recovered from the rubble.

Though his family went for DNA tests, the search proved inconclusive until Friday January 14, 2022 when his wife received a call from the Lagos State Government that his body had been identified at one of the public mortuaries in the state.

His wife and children quickly organised a service of songs at his residence in Oloke-Ibafo, Ogun State on Friday.

His remains were buried on Saturday amid a pallet of grief.

Speaking at the burial, a senior pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Olanrewaju Agboola, urged his family to be comforted and put their hope in God.

He also urged the people to embrace God.

After the burial, prayers were offered at Ogunfuwa’s home in Oloke-Ibafo.

No fewer than 100 persons are still said to be missing since the incident occurred.

Before his death, Ogunfuwa was said to be a pastor in an RCCG parish in Ibafo.

He is survived by a wife and four children as well as extended family members.