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Ikoyi Building Collapse: Developer to Face Criminal Prosecution

Fourscore Homes Ltd, the firm developing the 21-storey building that collapsed on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, on November 1, 2021 will face criminal prosecution.

This is part of the ‘White Paper’ on the incident in which about 50 people lost their lives.

The remaining two structures being simultaneously constructed in the vicinity are to be demolished because they failed structural integrity tests.

Promoter of the firm Mr. Femi Osibona died when the building came down on the fateful day.

Also recommended to face administrative disciplinary panel are all government officials involved in granting approval to the developer in 2019.

The White Paper was prepared by the Lagos State government on the report submitted to it by the panel that probed the building collapse.

According to the White Paper, the remaining high-rise buildings will be pulled down through controlled demolition.

Twenty-six out of the 28 recommendations contained in the Report were accepted by the government.

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Submitting the report on January 5, the panel chairman Mr. Toyin Ayinde, a town planner, blamed the collapse on the erosion of professional ethics and disregard for due diligence.

In the course of their investigations, the panel members visited the project site for a general assessment; coordinated activities of the consultants who conducted tests on the site and reviewed documents from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)

They also conducted interviews; interrogated 91 persons; collected 21 memoranda and accessed the remaining buildings being developed by the late Osibona.

The tribunal, which was given nine-terms of reference, also hosted a representation of the developer’s company comprising two legal firms.

A new committee, which reviewed the tribunal’s 28 recommendations, was chaired by Commissioner for Special Duties Tayo Bamgbose-Martins.

The Head of Service (HoS), Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo and Agriculture Commissioner Mrs. Abisola Olusanya, served as members.

The accepted 26 recommendations bothered on individuals and institutions, both private and public.

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