Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency has closed down 2 churches and 17 houses in Igbogbo Baiyeku, in the Ikorodu area for alleged violation of the town planning laws of the state.
The General Manager of the agency, Abiola Kosegbe, was said to have led the enforcement team of LASBCA on the operation.
According to a statement on Sunday, eight other buildings were shut because their owners did not have permits, among other required documents.
Kosegbe stated that the team embarked on the operation to let residents know that they must build right in view of incessant building collapse in some parts of the state.
She said any developer that did not notify the government about the development of their structure could be arrested.
The LASBCA boss said most of the properties sealed had already been served abatement notices, adding that the agency also engaged in post-construction audit, where those who had already completed their buildings were asked to present documents to ascertain if they got the needed permits to erect such structures.
The Chairman of Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, Olusesan Daini, who was said to have participated in the enforcement, noted that the exercise was to save lives.
He said, “The problem we have is that people don’t build right. Affected residents are to go to LASBCA to regularise their documents. Government is not doing this alone to generate revenue, but to protect the citizens.”