Police Arrest Lekki Gardens MD Over Building Collapse

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Following the collapse of a five-storey building under construction on Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki on Tuesday, and the directive by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the state police command has on Thursday arrested the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong and detained him at Panti Police Station.

Grisly scenes from the Lekki building collapse: The Punch
Grisly scenes from the Lekki building collapse: The Punch

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Confirming Nyong’s arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mrs. Dolapo Badmos, said he will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

She said: “Yes, I confirm that Mr. Richard Nyong, the 34-year-old Managing Director of Lekki Gardens of 167 kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, has been arrested. He is in custody and will soon be charged to court.”

On Wednesday, Governor Ambode had ordered all Directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited to submit themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, within the next twenty four hours or face immediate arrest.

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It was gathered that one of the contractors handling the project, Odofin Taiwo, had been arrested on Wednesday.

 Nyong complied with the directive and reported himself to the office of the Commissioner of Police in company of his lawyer, Mr. Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and was detained after interrogation.
Nyong’s arrest on Thursday came on the heels of a collapse of the company’s five-storey building at the Ikate area of Lekki, that claimed 34 lives and left 13 with varying degree of injuries.
In the wake of the building collapse, the Lagos State Government, during preliminary reports had served contravention notice for exceeding the approved floors and thereafter sealed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
“In a brazen act of defiance and impunity, the owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, criminally unsealed the property and continued building beyond the approved floors until the unfortunate incident of Tuesday which has led to loss of lives,” a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde had read.
Irked by the spate of building collapse in the state, Governor Ambode has vowed to put an end to the tragedy.


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