Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has claimed the government never approved the seven-storey building that collapsed on Friday.
The Governor also ordered the arrest of the contractors of the seven-storey building under construction in Port Harcourt, the state capital, which collapsed on Friday
It was reported that about thirty-six people have so far been rescued from the rubble of the collapsed 7-storey building in GRA, Port Harcourt as four bodies were pronounced dead.
Speaking on the incident, Governor Wike, during a visit to the site on Sunday, ordered his Attorney-General to ensure those that put up the plan of the building were brought to book.
Describing the tragedy as a sad development, Wike ordered a commission of inquiry from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in the ongoing rescue operations.
Wike, during a visit to the site, said: “I commiserate with families that have lost loved ones, who came to seek their daily bread. Government will do all it can to give them support.
“I have directed the Attorney-General of Rivers State to ensure that steps are taken to do what is right within the ambit of the law.
“Whoever approved this structure—contractor or government officials— will face the full weight of the law.
“Government will take steps to acquire this property. We cannot allow this illegality. The master plan of this area does not allow a seven-storey building.”