The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki has revealed that the owner of the collapsed 21-storey building under construction in Ikoyi was given approval to construct only 15 floors.
Speaking on Monday, Oki said the owner of the property had been previously arrested, adding that he would face the law because people have died in the collapsed building.
“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.
Oki added that rescue efforts are still ongoing to rescue victims.
An eyewitness had said the owner of the building was also trapped in the rubble.
Meanwhile, at least 50 people are said to still be trapped in the collapsed building.
The building, located at 20, Gerrard road, Ikoyi, was scheduled to be completed in 2022.