Lagos Island Building Collapse: Govt Targets Mast Owner For Prosecution
So, the witch cried at night and the baby dies in the morning.
The witch is the telecommunications mast mounted on a building that collapsed in Lagos Island last week, and the babies are the casualties of that unfortunate incident - at least 8 people.
The mast was said to have been mounted two weeks before the incident.
Now, the Lagos state government is planning to investigate and prosecute whoever owns the mast.
Residents of the street and other eyewitnesses had alleged that the mast, might have contributed to the collapse of the four-storey building.
But it appears both the mast and the building were illegally erected.
The General Manager, Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, Babajide Odekunle, said the mast was illegal and did not have a permit from the agency.
But the collapsed structure itself, originally a bungalow, was gradually converted to a 4-storey building over the years without necessary permits.
"LASIMRA, as an agency of government, did not grant permit for the said tower to be erected, it is clearly an illegal structure, which was not captured in our database.
"This agency will not grant permit to any of the structures in that neighbourhood.
"The process for getting a permit for rooftop mast is delicate and if we are not convinced, we will not grant such a permit and we are going to clamp down on the owner and others.
"There will certainly be a penalty", Odekunle said.