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Owners of Lagos collapsed building remanded in prison

12 March 2016, 17:03

Lagos - An Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate Court has ordered the remand of the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong, for 30 days in prison while investigation continues on the collapse of the building at Lekki Phase one area of the state killing 35 people.

The court also ordered one of the contractors handling the project, Odofin Taiwo Henry, to also be kept in police custody at Panti alongside Nyong for 30 days.

Magistrate Folashade Botoku, who granted the remand order, said the decision was in the interest of justice and public safety.

Nyong, was arrested on Thursday, while Odofin was arrested on Wednesday.

Also read: Lagos buliding collapse: 'Only four floors were approved'

The state government said the building had earlier been sealed after its owners “brazenly” raised it above the three-storey approved by authorities, but said Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, unsealed the property and continued with the construction.

The government said it only approved the construction of four floors.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdullateef Abdulhakeem said the state government approved four floors for the developer, Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, in the development of the Lekki Garden Construction, but the developer went ahead to add a fifth floor, which led to the collapse.

Source: Premium Times

- News 24


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