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Lagos building collapse: Death toll hits 30, contractor arrested

10 March 2016, 06:31

Lagos - The Police in Lagos have arrested the contractor who is alleged to have constructed a five storey building that has collapsed, causing multiple deaths.

According to Lagos State Police Spokesperson, Oladapo Badmus, the man has been identified as Odofin Taiwo.

In addition, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has revealed that the death toll at the collapsed five storey building has risen to 30 as of Wednesday.

In addition, the General Manager of LASEMA, Michael Akindele, disclosed that as of 12.40 p.m. on Wednesday, an additional 13 other people had been rescued.

The Standard Organisation (SON) led by its Director of Inspectorate and Complaint, Bede Obayi, inspected the collapsed building and others under construction in the area.

Obayi ordered for the collection of the different building materials used for the collapsed building, including iron rods, blocks, sand, granites and sea water for laboratory analysis.

Also read: Lagos building collapse: Death toll hits 23

"The first thing in a house is the block, from the ones we have examined here, it has failed the test.

"The construction of this building is not up to 50 meters from the sea, showing that this land was reclaimed from the sea.

"There are conditions for reclaiming a land from the sea and the kind of building materials to be used in such lands.

"We have to examine all the materials used for this building and see if they meet the condition,’’ he said.

"You need to also see that the right professionals handled the building project. If you use the best materials without the right professionals handling the materials, things will still go wrong.

"You must be a registered professional engineer for you to handle this type of project.

"If you want to build, you must look for a professional. We are going to investigate all the structures and materials in this environment," Obayi said. 

- News24


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