Collapsed Lagos building: Developer ‘flouted stop-work order’ – Govt.

Ongoing rescue operation at the scene of the collapsed Lekki gardens’ building
Ongoing rescue operation at the scene of the collapsed Lekki gardens’ building

The developers of the three-storey building which collapsed in Ilasamaja in Lagos, Thursday, “criminally unsealed a stop work order on the building” and continued construction before eventual collapse, the Lagos State Government has said.

Speaking to journalists after an assessment of the collapsed site, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, said the building in question was disapproved by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), but the developers illegally broke the seal to continue work.

At least, three people died and 19 others injured when the building collapsed at around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Mr. Anifowose said LASBCA officers in charge of the area where the incident occurred had, two weeks before the collapse, disapproved the development because it was being built contrary to building regulations.

“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.

He said the building was sealed off based on the evidence that the materials found on site were substandard, aside the fact that the developers had no development permit to embark on the construction.

Mr. Anifowose said the government was unhappy with the rate of illegal developments within the state.

Despite deploying officers to monitor development to prevent such ugly occurrences, some wicked, irresponsible and unscrupulous developers still carryout nefarious illegality,” he 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 investigation into the matter and would not hesitate to sanction any developer who violates the law.


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  • Tori Osa

    What happened to TB Joshua after the collapse? Did he ever appear before the panel he was summoned to? And we wand discipline??

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Cock and bull story .. an enforcer of regulations chased away by hoodlums and security people are not called into action? The same way the Synagogue was building illegally without official sanction until scores of innocent people perished is the norm with government agents tasked with ensuring public safety.These lack-luster agencies are just receptacles for bribe taking, not oversight of rules. Shame!!!!!.

  • Konkolo

    Nigeria government officials are in the habit of passing the buck when they fail to discharge their duties/ things goes wrong. When the government officials discovered that “the stop order seal” had been broken and illegal construction continued, what did they do before this tragedy???????

    • Gibson Bosah

      What do u expect them to do?

      • Konkolo

        You go figure it out please. Thanks.

        • Gibson Bosah


          • Konkolo

            With local champions/primitive people like you, Nigeria will never move forward. It appears to me that your type can not see and reason beyond his nose. Again, thank you.

          • Gibson Bosah

            Okay .next time bring solution after u condemn

          • Konkolo

            One of the solutions is that,next time, the government should involve the services of stern looking and well armed security agents to stop the interference of the so called hoodlums. Another solution will be to enforce a heavy penalty like jail time/heavy fines on developers that illegally remove any posted stop work order. You can see that our country is a failed nation when common streets urchins have the power to prevent government officials from performing their jobs. In the country where I have lived for almost 30 years, gangs or mafias don’t have the guts to prevent a government official from discharging their duties. From your reactions to my well meant comments, it’s either you are the developer involved, or remotely connected to the developers. Happy Sunday morning to you.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Mr. Anifowose, I trust that the developer/s would be prosecuted, to the full extent of the law, for criminal negligence and culpable homie.

    The lives lost should not be for fun and futility.

  • Mama Kay

    The developer was asked for bribe and he probably gave the civil servants. They therefore saw no need to inspect anything because they were “paid” not to look.