The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu has said that it has recovered two bodies from the rubbles of a collapsed seven storey building in Lagos State.
According to the Perm Sec, officials of the Agency received a distress call at about 3:15a.m, where they were informed that a seven-storey building has collapsed.
He said the men of the Lagos State Emergency Management line and all the key stakeholders moved to the scene where they discovered that this site had been sealed, since February 18, 2021.
“Six persons were in the building when it came down, with combined efforts, we were able to recover two bodies and we took them to the mortuary.
“We are very aggressive in our operation and we are concerned about saving lives, as we approach ground zero and our emergency response is swift, prompt, effective and efficient.”
Also commenting on this incident, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Okanla Salako, yesterday, said the state government would investigate reason why the contractor of the collapsed building broke the seal to the site thrice, threatened the men of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) and continued the building, after it was sealed on February 18, 2021.
Salako, who refused to disclose the name of the developer, said: “We have a developer, who is hostile and who contravenes the law of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning, 2019, as amended.
He did not get the necessary planning permit that will allow him do that, he did not have the prerequisite authorisation to commence construction on the site.
“Severally, LABSCA officials have visited the site and the attitude of the contractor has been that of hostility, he has been using his personal security to stop them from carrying out their lawful duty.
“But, the government will look at the site and investigate and we will look at the necessary things to be done; the law is clear on what should be done and we will apply it.
“The developer has been dropping names any time our officers visited the place; we have sealed the site three times and he kept breaking the seal. Again, what were those trapped doing on site that time?” He said.