Lagos state government has arrested the developer of the three-storey building which collapsed in Yaba for breaking the Lagos State Government seal on the property and violating the stop-work order.
Dr. Idris Salako, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Lagos state, 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.
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.
The statement read, “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,”