Collapsed 7-Storey Building: Lagos Orders Arrest Of Developer

The Lagos State Government has ordered arrest of the developer and building professionals working on the 7-floor structure that collapsed under construction in the early hours of Sunday at Oba Abiodun Oniru Road in Iru/Victoria Island area of the State.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, spoke during his visit to the site of the building collapse.

He said that the developer and professionals violated the planning laws of the State by embarking on the construction without a valid Planning Permit and ignoring official warnings to halt the building project.

Salako emphasised that under no circumstance should anyone construe the filling of Application for Permit through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) as a ticket to commence construction.

A 7-storey building had collapsed on Sunday with two people killed.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), had said emergency responders were deployed to the scene of the incident.

He said, “Seven-storey building collapsed at Sand field bus stop, Lekki. Six people are said to be trapped and responders on ground.”

Also, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, noted that the seven-storey building was under construction when it caved in.

“No injury sustained. However, about six people are reported to be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed structure.

“The agency’s heavy duty equipment excavator will be required for the rescue of the trapped victims. We have activated Lagos State Response plan. The operation is ongoing.”

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