Collapsed building: Lekki Gardens MD detained at Panti, to be charged to court

Lagos Police PRO Dolapo Badmos

Following the collapse of a five-storey building under construction on Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, Lekki on Tuesday, the Police on Thursday said Richard Nyong, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Gardens, the construction company behind the structure, has been detained at Panti Police Station.

Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed Mr Nyong’s arrest, said he will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had ordered all Directors of Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited to submit themselves to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, within the next 24 hours or face immediate arrest.

Nyong complied with the directive and reported himself to the office of the Commissioner of Police in company of his lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and was detained after interrogation.

It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government in the wake of the building collapse revealed that the collapsed building was served contravention notice for exceeding the number of approved floors and thereafter sealed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

The government also discovered that 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 the death of over 30 persons.