The Chief Magistrate of the Ebute Meta Magistrate Court, Afolashade Botoku has on Thursday granted the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Homes, Robert Nyong bail on self-recognition.
She also granted a bail of N10 million with two sureties to Taiwo Odofin, the contractor of the collapsed building.
Mrs. Botoku held that the duo report at the State Criminal Investigations and intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti-Yaba, between the hours of 10.00 a.m., and 5.00 p.m., everyday until the police investigations were concluded.
She also asked them to submit their International passports to the court, adding that they were not allowed to travel out of the country till all investigations have been concluded.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, a five storey building collapsed in the highbrow Lekki Gardens estate, and 35 people reportedly died.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Botoku had on March 11 ordered the remand of Robert Nyong, MD of Lekki Garden Homes and Taiwo Odofin, one of the contractors handling the project at their first arraignment following a remand application brought before it by the police.
The police had urged the court to remand the two defendants pending when they would conclude investigations.
When the case came up on March 23 to hear their bail application, the police had failed to produce the accused and Botoku frowned at the attitude of police.
At the hearing, Botoku, who stood down the case for an hour, ordered the policemen to produce the accused before their bail applications could be heard.
Botoku, in her ruling, disagreed with the police submission, saying that the court will not submit to a threat, which is the duty of police to ensure that adequate security was provided.
She adjourned the case to March 24, and ordered police to ensure the the two accused were present in court.
NAN reports that the court had on March 11 granted an ex-parte application brought before it by the police, seeking to remand the two accused in its custody pending conclusion of investigation. (NAN)