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Collapsed Ikoyi Towers: 15 floors approved, 21 built

 Collapsed Ikoyi Towers:  15 floors approved, 21 built

Femi Osibona, the collapsed building

The owner of the collapsed 21-storey building, under construction in Ikoyi, was given approval to build only 15 floors.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr Gbolahan Oki, made the startling revelation today.

His revelation directly raised questions about regulatory efficiency of his agency.

Oki told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the owner of the property, Femi Osibona has been arrested and would face the law because people have died in the disaster.

“He got an approval for a 15-storey building and he exceeded his limit. I am on ground here and the materials he used are so inferior and terrible.

“The materials he used, the reinforcement, are so terrible. He got approval for 15 floors but built 21.

“I think he has been locked down. He has been arrested before now,” he said.

The GM said four people were rescued alive and three people died, adding that rescue efforts were still ongoing.

“We are still here and have four machines working as at this moment,” he told NAN.

At least 50 people were reportedly trapped under the rubble after the 21-storey building collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

The building, located at 20 Gerrard Road, collapsed at about 3 p.m. on Monday.

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