Death toll from the five-storey building which collapsed in Lekki area of Lagos on Tuesday has increased to 30, after 12 more bodies were yesterday recovered from the debris.
Southwest spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, told Nigerian Pilot that the number of those killed in the building collapse has increased to 30.
He explained that, as at Tuesday night, the number of casualties was 18 dead and 13 rescued alive.
Speaking further, he said that the 13 people rescued from the debris were taken to the general hospital where they got treated and discharged.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has advised all directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited to submit themselves to the State Commissioner of Police within the next 24 hours in their own interest or be arrested.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, the government said it summoned the owners of the collapsed building based on preliminary reports and investigation which discovered that the collapsed building was served contravention notice for exceeding the approved floors and thereafter sealed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
The statement noted 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.
It therefore said that the state government has 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 and directed further integrity tests be carried out on every other construction project which has, or is currently being handled by Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited in the interest of public safety.
It would be recalled that the 5 storey building collapsed during a thunder storm that was followed by a heavy downpour on Tuesday.

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