The owner of the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi was given permission to erect only 15 storeys, according to the Lagos State Government.
Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), revealed the information in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
On Monday around 2:45 p.m., the structure at 20 Gerrard Road collapsed.
The owner had been apprehended and would be prosecuted, according to Oki.
“The materials he used for the reinforcement are so terrible. He got approval for 15 floors but built 21. He has been arrested,” he said.
According to the official, four individuals have been rescued alive and three bodies have been retrieved so far. The search and rescue operation is still underway.
When the incident occurred, many of individuals were present. The project was scheduled to be completed in 2022.