Lagos - Lagos state government says it only approved the construction of four floors for the five-storey collapsed building in Lekki area of the state in which 35 people were killed.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdullateef Abdulhakeem, made the disclosure when he received the leadership of the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT, in Alausa, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, on Thursday.
Abdulhakeem said the state government approved four floors for the developer, Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, in the development of the Lekki Garden Construction, but the developer went ahead to add a fifth floor, which led to the collapse.
The developers of the building had criminal minds by adding another floor in the quest for materialism and flagrantly flouted the town planning laws of Lagos State, Abdulhakeem said.
Meanwhile rescue operations have stopped at the site after rescue workers reached ground zero.
Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
- News 24