It is now almost certain that Mr. Wale Bob-Oseni, a real estate dealer and executive director of African Bureau for Legislative Empowerment and his friend, Femi Osinbona, owner of the collapsed 21 storey Ikoyi building have died.
Wale Bob Oseni was on his way to the US on Monday when he got a call from Femi Osibona, owner of Fourscore Homes, to check out the ongoing development at Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos state.
On his way to the airport, he stopped by to see the 21-storey building being developed by his friend and associate. The building collapsed with Bob-Oseni and Osibona inside, and they are now presumably dead after 48 hours of rescue efforts.
African Community News had in our Monday report on the collapsed stated that a video we watched online had a young man who was lamenting that his boss was among those trapped in the collapsed building.
In the video, the man, pressured to the Oseni’s driver said his boss was on his way to the US but diverted to the building to see what was going on.
“He is there. He is among those trapped there. I was taking him to the Airport because he was traveling but he said we should come here. He is there,” the man, crying and pointing fingers towards the site of the collapsed building.
Today, Wednesday, however, the Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, said Osinbona and Oseni were his friends.
He told the Cable in a phone interview today that- “Wale was on his way to the US… this is so tragic.”
So far, there is no official figure of the number of persons who were in the building before the incident happened but over 50 persons are said to have been trapped.
Bob-Oseni is also the corporate affairs manager of the First Premiere Mortgage, according to his profile on LinkedIn, which also states that he had a masters in international relations and diplomacy from the Howard university in the US.
As at this Wednesday evening, the death toll of the incident had risen to 22, while nine persons have been rescued. The rescue operation is still ongoing.