Building Collapse: Lagos Government Orders Arrest Of Developer, Construction Experts

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The Lagos State Government has ordered the arrest of the developer and building professionals working on the collapsed seven-storey building.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development which stated that the government had ordered the arrest of the developer and other building professionals involved.

The Commissioner said that the professionals working on the building disregarded the planning laws of the state.

“The Commissioner, Dr. Idris Salako said the developer and professionals on the building were liable for their disregard for the planning laws of the state, having embarked on construction without a valid Planning Permit and ignoring official warnings against continuing the building works.

“He emphasised that under no circumstances should anyone construe the filling of Application for Permit through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority as a ticket to commence construction as there must be a valid Planning Permit from the aforementioned agency, in addition to letter of Authorisation, stage inspection at every stage and certification by the Lagos State Building Control Agency to ensure that construction works were carried out in conformity with the approval granted.

“He noted that while the State Government was investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse, the police had started a manhunt for the developer and all professionals involved in the project such as architects, builders or engineers who are on the project.

“Salako expressed concern with the pace of disregard for law and order by actors in the built sector, stressing that the State Government was determined to restore sanity and orderliness to the sector, where it had declared incidents of building collapse intolerable.”

Emergency responders earlier recovered two dead bodies from the rubble of a building.