The developer of the three-storey building which collapsed in Yaba has been arrested for breaking the Lagos State Government seal on the property and violating the stop-work order.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that the three-storey building still under construction collapsed into another building beside it on Akanbi Crescent in the Yaba area of Lagos State.
The State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, confirmed the arrest in a statement titled, ‘Onike Building Collapse: LASG Rescues Survivor, Arrests Developer’.
According to Salako, the incident occurred around 3.30pm on Saturday, and that the building was under construction and at three floors, suspended slab before it collapsed.
The commissioner added that preliminary findings indicated that the site had been sealed-off twice LABSCA in 2021 for non-compliance with Building Regulations after which the site was abandoned.
“However, the developer later broke Government Seal, sneaked into the site and re-commenced construction without official authorisation.
“The Developer in charge of the site has since been arrested and handed over to the RRS Team, while rescue operation is ongoing,” the statement said.
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