PUNCH confirms that the Lagos State Police Command has arrested the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong, for the building collapse in Lekki which claimed the lives of no fewer than 35 persons.
Mr. Nyong was reported to have been arrested on Thursday while one of the contractors identified as Odofin Taiwo, who had been handling the project, was arrested on Wednesday. The tragic incident occurred around 3am on Tuesday with several workers trapped in the rubble.
The state government is said to have had sealed the five-storey building which was originally designed to be a three-storey structure only for Nyong to have the building illegally unsealed.
“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 loss of lives,” a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde had read.
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest and revealed that Nyong was in custody and will soon be charged to court.