Lagos State government said Fourscore Homes Limited, the firm developing the 21-storey building that collapsed on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, on November 1, 2021, will face criminal prosecution.
This came following the recommendation contained in the White Paper on the incident.
At least 50 persons were trapped in the building after it collapsed last year. Over 40 were reported killed and nine persons were rescued. The owner of the firm Mr. Femi Osibona also died in the building collapse.
The state government in a statement also announced that the other two structures being simultaneously constructed in the vicinity are to be demolished because they failed structural integrity tests. They will be pulled down through controlled demolition.
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.
Twenty-six out of the 28 recommendations contained in the Report were accepted by the government.
The report which was submitted on January 5th, by the panel chairman Mr. Toyin Ayinde, who is a town planner, blamed the collapse on the erosion of professional ethics and disregard for due diligence.
The government also added that the panel members during their investigations 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 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.
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 of the new committee.
The accepted 26 recommendations bothered on individuals and institutions – both private and public.
The review panel rejected two recommendations for being nebulous.
The government accepted the recommendation that Fourscore Heights Limited, owners of the collapsed building, be prosecuted in view of the loss of lives involved in the tragedy.
The white paper frowned at a situation in which Fourscore was builder and architect – all rolled into one. For this, the tribunal concluded that Fourscore Heights did not do the right thing and their negligence led to the loss of lives.