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Lekki Gardens’ building collapse: Lagos to prosecute contractors, others

…Suspects To Face Involuntary Manslaughter, Failure To Obtain Planning Permit

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it has concluded arrangement to commence the prosecution of suspects linked to the collapse of a five-story building on Tuesday March 8, 2016 in Lekki, Lagos which led to the death of 30 persons.

The State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, in a statement, said government has concluded its legal advice on the incident and is now ready to prosecute a total of nine suspects deemed culpable in the collapse of the building.

He said: “Following the conclusion of investigation by the Nigerian Police Force and technical reports of relevant Experts, my Office has concluded its Legal Advice and decided to prosecute the suspects for failure to obtain Planning Permit contrary to the provisions of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, Ch. CU2 and Involuntary Manslaughter contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Ch. C17, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 respectively.”

The Attorney General said a criminal charge has already been filed before the High Court of Lagos State against the suspects, while they would be arraigned on the alleged offence any moment from now.

It would be recalled that on Tuesday 8th March, 2016 at about 05:00hrs, a property being built by Messrs. Lekki Gardens Estate Limited and Get Too Rich Investment Limited known as Horizon 1 Extension, House H15, Lekki, Lagos State, collapsed claiming the lives of 30 people.

While reiterating the commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to protecting the lives and property of citizens, Kazeem assured the general public that government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that criminal negligence and any form of crime is duly brought to book.
 
SIGNED
BOLA AKINGBADE
DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
DECEMBER 14, 2016

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