Lagos Collapsed Building: Government Gave Approval For 15 Floors


….5 Rescued, 4 Dead

Yemisi Izuora

More facts have emerged on infractions by the owner of the 21 storey building that collapsed in Lagos on Monday.

According to Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager, of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), approval for construction of 15 floors was given to the owner of the facility under construction in Ikoyi.

Oki said that the owner of the property has been arrested and would face the law because people have died in the disaster.

He confirmed that the owner got an approval for a 15-storey building and he exceeded his limit at the same time using inferior materials.

“The materials he used, the reinforcement, are so terrible. He got approval for 15 floors but built 21.

“I think he has been locked down. He has been arrested before now,” he said.

The GM said four people were rescued alive and four people died, adding that rescue efforts were still ongoing.

We are still here and have four machines working as at this moment,” he said.

However, Ibrahim Farinloye spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA said 5 persons have so far been rescued while 4 have died.

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