THE Lagos State Government, weekend, demolished three structures at 38/40, Sogbamu Street, Apeleyin, Bariga, Somolu, identified to be structurally-defective and posed threat to lives and properties.The three structures involved two- storey buildings and a bungalow.
The government advised owners of distressed buildings to immediately carry out necessary integrity test to determine their habitability to forestall loss of lives and property.
One of the buildings, which was identified as distressed in the area, penultimate Thursday, collapsed on an adjourning building, killing a 22-year old man identified as Ahmed Shotuminu, who was reportedly sleeping during a downpour in the state.
The remains of the deceased, who recently graduated from a furniture making workshop had since been buried.
The collapse building prompted the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, LASPPPA, to seal off the buildings and evacuated all the occupants to prevent further loss of lives and property.
According to the Deputy Director, Physical Development and Stage Certification, Town Planner, Adekunle Rufai, the buildings were identified and classified as distressed in 2011, but the owners along with other structures were advised to conduct integrity test to ascertain the suitability of the houses for habitation.
He further added that probing and identification of distressed buildings in the state is a continuous exercise. Rufai, therefore, appealed to owners of distressed buildings in the state to take precautionary steps by determining the status of their buildings and involve registered engineers towards putting the house in order.
He warned that, any owner of building found to be distressed and not reported to the relevant state authorities would have their land title revoked