Police arrest Richard Nyong, Lekki Gardens MD for collapsed building

Richard Nyong, Lekki Gardens Managing Director

Richard Nyong, Lekki Gardens Managing Director

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong, for the collapse of a five-storeyed building under construction on Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, Lagos State, which killed no fewer than 35 persons.

It was learnt that 34-year-old Nyong was apprehended on Thursday.

One of the contractors handling the project, Odofin Taiwo, was arrested on Wednesday.

The building had crumbled around 3am on Tuesday with several workers trapped in the rubble.

It was reported that the state government had sealed the building, which was originally designed to be a three-storeyed structure.

“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.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Lagos State government as a matter of necessity, directed the suspension of work at the site and mandated the Lagos State Police Command to cordon it off, as it is now a crime scene while ,the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, also asked all directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited to submit themselves for interrogation to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police peacefully, in their own interest or face immediate arrest.

On Friday, the Ebute-Meta Magistrate Court remanded the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens, Mr. Nyong Richard, and a contractor, Odofin Taiwo, in police custody for their role in the collapse of the five-storey building.

Magistrate, Mrs. Afolashade Bokotu, ordered that Richard and Taiwo, who were brought to the court in handcuffs should be kept in police custody at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba for the next 30 days, pending the conclusion of police investigation.


Credits: The Punch

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