Ikoyi building collapse: Sanwo-Olu to demolish Osibona’s remaining two skyscrapers
The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration has vowed to pull down the remaining two uncompleted 15-storey buildings belonging to late Managing Director of Fourscore Heights Limited, Femi Osibona.
This is even as the office of Attorney General of Lagos says it would prosecute the firm, three town planners and civil servants who lied under oath and used a private consulting company to create a fake approval for the collapsed building.
The development is coming on the heels of 26 recommendations from the Toyin Ayinde-led panel that investigated the collapse of a 21-storey building in the Ikoyi area of the state.
The PUNCH reports that though Sanwo-Olu rejected two of the 28 recommendations in the White Paper, he agreed that the existing two 15-storey buildings still standing at the site of the collapse on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi should be demolished and the land forfeited to the state government.
The Tribunal’s recommendations partly read, “The Developer, having been negligent, should forfeit the Project Site to the LASG in accordance with Section 25(4) of the Revised LABSCA Regulation 2019
“The Developer, Fourscore Heights Limited should be prosecuted because of the loss of lives involved.
“Based on Structural Diagnostics Survey Report, annexed as Schedule 2 to this Report, and in the interest of the safety of lives in the environment, the Tribunal recommends, that the existing 2 Nos. 15 storey buildings should be demolished using the controlled demolition technique in order to reduce the effect of the demolition on the surrounding buildings and avoid self and uncontrolled collapse. In addition, the Tribunal also recommends evacuation of all occupants within a 45m radius from the extreme boundaries of the blocks in the interest of public safety while arrangements are made for the controlled demolition.
“The various participants should face disciplinary action and prosecution as applicable.
“The civil public servants found culpable should face the civil service disciplinary panel and prosecution where applicable.”
WuzupNigeria had reported how the defect 21-storey building located on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi collapsed on November 1, 2021.
The crash, which generated intense heat and backlash, claimed the lives of Osibona, his friend, a United States of America-based Nigerian businessman, Wale Bob-Oseni; his personal assistant, Oyinye Enekwe, and some clients.
About 44 persons were said to have died as a result of the incident, while nine survivors were rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building.
Days after the ill-fated incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu set up the Ayinde-led panel to investigate the collapse of the building at the Lagos House in Ikeja.
The chairman of the panel (Ayinde) said the panel spent approximately six weeks on the assignment and submitted the report as well as electronic recordings of all the sections and videos of proceedings in a hard drive to the Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).
He said the panel interrogated 91 persons, requested and received 21 memoranda and accessed the home of the late Chief Executive Officer of Fourscore Heights Limited, Olufemi Osibona, with a view to gathering useful documents.
Upon the receipt of the panel’s report Sanwo-Olu set up a four-man committee led by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, to produce a White Paper on the panel’s recommendation.
The Bamgbose-Martins-led committee subsequently tendered its White Paper which is the position of the state government on the collapsed building. While the state government accepted 26 of the 28 recommendations of the panel, it rejected two.