LASG orders arrest of developer of collapsed Victoria Island building

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The Lagos State Government has ordered the arrest of the developer and building professionals working on the 7-floor structure that collapsed under construction in the early hours of Sunday at Oba Abiodun Oniru road in the Iru/Victoria Island area of the State.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development,  Dr. Idris Salako made this known  on Sunday during his visit to the site of the building collapse.

The  Commissioner said that the Developer and professionals on the building were liable for their disregard for the planning laws of the State, having embarked  on construction without a valid Planning Permit and ignoring official warnings against continuing the building works.

He emphasised that under no circumstances should anyone construe the filling of Application for Permit through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) as a ticket to commence construction as there must be a valid Planning Permit from the aforementioned agency, in addition to letter of Authorisation, Stage inspection at every stage and certification by the Lagos State Building Control Agency( LASBCA) to ensure that construction works were carried out in corformity with the approval granted.

He noted that while the State Government was investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse, the Police had started a manhunt for the developer and all professionals involved in the project such as architects, builders or engineers who are on the project.

Salako expressed concern with the pace of disregard for law and order by actors in the built sector, stressing that the State Government was determined to restore sanity and orderliness to the sector, where it had declared incidents of building collapse intolerable.

He enjoined Lagosians to join hands with the Government in maintaining vigilance in the built environment of the State by reporting any untoward developments in their vicinity through any of the Ministry or State Government communication channels,  particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning( MPP&UD  App) and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

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