The Lagos State Government mentioned that it had warned against the continuation of construction at the site which was originally designed to be a three storey
The General Manager of Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong, has been arrested by the police for for the collapse of a five-storeyed building under construction on Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, Lagos State, which killed no fewer than 35 persons.
Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police, Dolapo Badmus said, “The MD, Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong, has been arrested. He is in custody and will soon be charged to court.”
The building collapse which led to the loss of many lives happened around 3 AM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 due to a heavy rain which poured around the time.
Construction workers are said to be trapped in the debris of the collapse. It took the effort of rescue organisations such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) to help those trapped from the accident.
Reports states that the Lagos State Government had sealed off the building which was originally suppose to be a three storey building, but the contractors continued construction, going against the authority of the state.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said, “In a brazen act of defiance and impunity, the owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, criminally unsealed the property and continued building beyond the approved floors until the unfortunate incident of Tuesday which has led to loss of lives,”
Construction site accidents have become quite common in the country as most builders often going against accepted guidelines.