Yaba Building Collapse – Death Toll Rises To 5
The Lagos state government has vowed to prosecute the developer of the three-storey building that collapsed in Onike area of Yaba, Lagos State for illegal construction.
In a statement titled: “Onike Yaba Building Collapse: LASG To Prosecute Developer For Illegal Construction” issued by Mukaila Sanusi, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry. He disclosed that the ministry has been mandated to liaise with the police so as to proceed to court and press charges against the Developer, who has been held for violating the State’s Physical Planning laws.
“The Government regrets the needless loss of lives and property due to his unlawful conduct and antics of defying stop-work orders as well as evading supervision.
“It is hoped that his prosecution will send a strong warning to all recalcitrant Developers that it is mandatory to Build Right and engage professionals in constructing buildings in Lagos State as we will not hesitate to bring to book whoever errs against the law”.
One person was rescued alive while two deaths were recorded from the incident.
Meanwhile, excavation of the site by emergency responders including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) is still ongoing and will continue until it is levelled to ground zero” Sanusi quoted the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako.
Meanwhile, five bodies have been recovered while two others were rescued following the collapse of the building on Saturday afternoon.
An earlier statement by the ministry of physical planning and urban development had indicated that the developer — who is yet to be named — has been arrested.
According to the ministry, the developer returned to the site despite a stop-work order on the structure.
“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,” the earlier statement reads.
“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.”