Collapsed building: Lekki Gardens boss, others indict with manslaughter


The Lagos State Government has filed criminal charges against the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited , Richard Nyong , and five others, for the collapse of a five-storeyed building under construction on Kushenla Road, in the Ikate Elegushi area of the state.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the building , which collapsed in March 2016 , killed no fewer than 35 persons .

The state Governor , Akinwunmi Ambode , while condemning the incident , had expressed commitment to ensuring that justice was served.

A statement on Monday by the state government said Nyong and five others would face six counts of manslaughter and failure to obtain building approval for the collapsed building .

The statement read in part, “ Apart from Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd . , GT Rich Ltd . , HC Insight Solutions Ltd . , others charged along with Nyong are Taiwo Odofin , Omolabake Mortune , Maruis Agwu, Sola Olumofe and Omotilewa Joseph .

“ The defendants are facing six counts of failure to obtain approval for the collapsed building and manslaughter contrary to Section 75 of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development , Law of Lagos State . ”

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