The Lagos State Government has arrested the developer of a collapsed building at No. 16 Akanbi Crescent, Onike, Yaba for breaking the government seal on the property and violating the stop-work order.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, who reported that the incident occurred around 3.30pm on Saturday, said the building was under construction and at three floors, suspended slab before it collapsed.
Salako stated that preliminary findings indicated that the site had been sealed-off twice by the Lagos State Building Control Agency in 2021 for non-compliance with Building Regulations after which the site was abandoned.
However, the Developer later broke Government Seal, sneaked into the site and re-commenced construction without official authorisation.
As at 9pm, one person had been pulled out alive while two deaths were recorded.
The Developer in charge of the site has since been arrested and handed over to the RRS Team, while rescue operation is ongoing.