The Lagos State Government Thursday commenced the demolition of a nine-storey building on Dada Fayemi Street, Osapa London in Lekki, Lagos, for not having approval.
The demolition, which was done manually due to the location of the building, is expected to be completed within a few days.
Olalekan Shodeinde, General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, said structures in the area were not expected to be more than four floors, adding that the nine-storey structure did not have government approval.
According to him, the structure was discovered in September 2017.
“When we discovered the structure, we contacted the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, which said there was no record of any approval for the building. LASBCA sealed the site in October 2017, but in March 2018, when we went back there we found that the building had been constructed up to the ninth floor and we reported the case to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development..
“The government ordered that it should be removed because the developer flouted the master plan of the area. It used to be a crescent, but the building turned the street into a close. Lekki Peninsular does not have the strength to carry such structures. If the developer had asked for approval for nine floors, he would not have been given,” Shodeinde said.
The GM said the state had engaged the developer and had given him a 14-day ultimatum to remove the structure at his expense, adding that at expiration, the agency moved in and commenced the demolition.
“The law says that if the developer fails to remove a structure that has been marked for demolition, the state will demolish it and issue him an invoice. After 90 days, if he does not pay the demolition fee, the land could be confiscated,” he added.