A Magistrate Court in Ebute Metta, Lagos State on Thursday granted Richard Nyong, the Managing Director of Lekki Garden bail on self-recognition. Nyong who was arrested on March 11, 2016 is standing trial for the collapse of a five-storeyed building under construction on Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, Lagos State, which killed no fewer than 35 persons.
Lagos State officials say preliminary findings show that the collapsed building exceeded the number of floors approved by authorities.
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.
Also granted bail is Odofin Taiwo one of the contractors handling the building. Magistrate Folashade Bokotu, granted Odofin bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum.
Botoku ordered them to report at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti-Yaba, between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., everyday untll the police investigations were concluded.
She also said that the defendants would submit their international passports and were not permitted to travel out of the country till the matter was concluded.
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