Preliminary findings by the Lagos State government on the collapsed five-storey building in Lekki, Phase 1, have shown that the owners exceeded the number of floors approved by the authorities.
Six bodies were recovered Wednesday afternoon from the rubble where the building collapsed, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
Eighteen bodies were recovered on Tuesday, bringing the total to 24.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, in a statement yesterday, said the government had summoned the owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited.
The statement quoted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as saying that all directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited were strongly advised to submit themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police within the next 24 four hours in their own interest or be arrested.
the statement said.
It added that it had also been discovered that in a brazen act of “defiance and impunity”, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, which promotes Lekki Gardens, criminally unsealed the property and continued building beyond the approved floors.
The statement added that the Lagos government, which held its state executive council meeting Wednesday, would no longer tolerate the action of unscrupulous owners and builders who challenge its supervisory control thereby endangering the lives of residents.
Mr. Ayorinde said the state government consequently directed the suspension of work at the site and ordered the Lagos State Police Command to cordon it off as it is now a crime scene.
the commissioner added.