Collapsed building: Lagos sues Lekki Gardens boss, others

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Lekki Gardens CEO, Richard Nyong, (Man in native) in court with his contractor.

The Lagos State Government has filed criminal charges against the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Richard Nyong, and others over the collapse of a five-storey building under construction on Kushenla Road in Ikate Elegushi area of the State which killed no fewer than 35 persons.

Apart from Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, GT Rich Ltd, HC Insight Solutions Ltd, others charged alongside Nyong are Taiwo Odofin, Omolabake Mortune, Maruis Agwu, Sola Olumofe and Omotilewa Joseph.

The defendants are facing a six-count of failure to obtain building approval for the collapsed building and unlawful manslaughter contrary to Section 75 of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law of Lagos.

The criminal charge, which was filed on February 17, 2017, is yet to assigned a date for the arraignment of the defendants.

The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who visited the scene of the incident, had vowed to ensure justice for the victims of the collapsed building.

He also assured residents of the State that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that cases of criminal negligence and other forms of criminal activities are prosecuted.

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