Ikoyi Building Collapse: Coroner’s Inquest Indicts Government Agencies of Complicity

A Lagos State Coroner Inquest set up to reveal why a 21-storey building collapsed in Gerard Road, Ikoyi, revealed that the building collapsed due to negligence by agencies responsible for approval and supervision of the building project.

The Coroner, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, made this  pronouncement while revealing the outcome of the Inquest.

On 1st of November 2021, a high-rise block of luxury flats under construction in the neighbourhood of Ikoyi in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed. At least 42 people died.

Magistrate Komolafe held that the building’s density and setback on the site showed gross violation of the Lagos State Building Regulations.

He held that the project board which should have boldly shown the sensitive and important  information, including the names and addresses of the professionals who carried out the project, was deliberately not provided.

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According to him, this act shows that the approving and supervising agencies did not sanction the offender, suggesting that they were compromised.

The agencies saddle with the responsibilities of ensuring quality building structure in the state are, Lagos State Building Control Agency, and Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory.

He said that the structure failure was due to design errors.

Magistrate Komolafe also said that there was a lack of quality assurance/control and poor  management of the project.

He, therefore, adopted the recommendation contained in the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Report on the matter.

He urged the  authorities concerned with the implementation of the recommendations to act accordingly.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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