The Lagos State Government has arrested the developer of the three-storey building under construction that collapsed at No. 16 Akanbi Crescent, Onike Area, Lagos, on Saturday afternoon.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, in a statement, said, “the government moved in swiftly to minimize impact at the site around 3.30 p.m. on Saturday.
”Preliminary findings indicated that the site had been sealed off twice by the Lagos State Building Control Agency in 2021 for non-compliance with building regulations, after which the site was abandoned.
“However, the developer later broke the government seal, sneaked into the site and recommenced construction without official authorisation.
“As at 9 pm, one person had been pulled out alive, while two deaths were recorded. “The developer in charge of the site has since been arrested and handed over to police, while rescue operation is ongoing,” he said. Meanwhile, One more dead body has been recovered from the three-storey building.
This raised the death toll to three, while the number of rescued persons remained two, just as rescue efforts are still on. Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Zonal Coordinator, South-West, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the development to newsmen on Saturday night. Farinloye said that the building was said to have given signs with rubles falling from it on Thursday.
“It was gathered that when one of the neighbours called their attention to it, they told him off that it was as a result of work going on. “However, close observations revealed that the building had tilted forward,” Farinloye said.
The Zonal Coordinator, however, said that proper investigation on the case of the collapse will be carried out by the state government. This, he noted, is to determine the cause of the collapse after the emergency phase at the site.