The Lagos State government has said it would prosecute the developers of the collapsed three-story building at Ilasamaja for “criminally unsealing” a stop work order pasted on the building before it eventually collapsed.
At least three persons were killed and several others injured in the building that collapsed on Thursday.
The State’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, told journalists during an assessment of the collapsed site that officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), had disapproved the building but the developers illegally broke the seal to continue work, Premium Times is reporting.
Mr. Anifowose said LASBCA officers disapproved the development because it did not adhere to building regulations.
He said the building was sealed off because materials found on site were substandard, aside the fact that the developers had no development permit to embark on the construction.
“This particular building had been monitored and had been sealed off,” said Mr. Anifowoshe, a Town Planner.
“Our officers had come back to monitor for compliance but they were prevented by hoodlums from carrying out their statutory responsibilities.
“Yesterday, before the collapse, our officials were there again but were chased back to the office to reinforce when this tragedy happened.
“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.
“Once a building is sealed off, the seal should not be broken. It is dangerous and is a criminal offence punishable under the building control law.”
Already, Mr. Anifowose said the state government had opened investigations into the matter and would not hesitate to sanction any developer who violates the law.