The developer of the seven-story building that fell on Oba Abiodun Oniru Road in Victoria Island, Lagos State, has been ordered detained by the state government of Lagos.
Two people were killed when the building, which was still under construction, collapsed early on Sunday morning, according to an earlier report by Anaedoonline.ng.
The Commissioner, Dr. Idris Salako, visited the incident site, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development stated in a statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, Salako has ordered the developer and building contractors who are working on the structure to be detained for failing to follow the state’s planning regulations.
But it also made clear that the state government was looking into what caused the collapse.
The statement read in part, “The Commissioner 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.
“He enjoined Lagosians to join hands with the government in maintaining vigilance in the built environment of the state by reporting any untoward development in their vicinity through any of the Ministry or State Government communication channels, particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.”
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