The Lagos State Government said developers of the three-storey building which collapsed in Ilasamaja were responsible for the unfortunate incident having unsealed “a stop work order on the building” and continued construction.
Speaking to journalists at the site of the collapse, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, said the building in question was disapproved by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), but the developers illegally broke the seal to continue work.
Mr. Anifowoshe said LASBCA officers in charge of the area where the incident occurred had disapproved the development because it was being built contrary to building regulations.
He said officers of LASBCA after the initial seal on the building came back to monitor for compliance, but were prevented by hoodlums from doing their job.
“We had actually served all the necessary statutory stop work notices and this is evident in our records that the building was sealed off but this developer broke the seal twice and continued with the illegal development and this is the result of the illegality,” the Commissioner said.
Anifowoshe added that based on the evidence found on the site, substandard materials were used and the developers had no development permit to embark on the construction.
However, he said the State Government had opened investigation into the matter and would not hesitate to sanction any developer who violates the law.
As at Saturday night, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, said 4 people were confirmed dead and 19 others were rescued alive from the collapsed building.