The building collapse in Lagos that happened on the 1st of November 2021 has become a serious issue following the report by the coroner of Lagos, Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, who blamed the collapse of the Ikoyi 21-storey building on negligence in adhering to the best practices by the relevant agencies responsible for approval and supervision of the project.
Komolafe made this known in his preliminary report on the investigation into the causes of death of seven people who died when part of the building collapsed on November 1, 2021, during heavy rain in Lagos state capital, Nigeria.
Lagos Chief Coroner, Justice Oyetade Komolafe, blamed the collapse of the Ikoyi 21-story on the irresponsibility in sticking to the required processes by the important organizations entrusted with endorsement and oversight of the project.
He went on to say that these companies intentionally left a large chunk of their functionality in their half-finished form.
He said this will serve as a report on the preliminaries of the inquest of the November 1, 2021 breakdown of the 44, Gerard Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, structure.
Based on the construction’s irregularity, it showed that it did not comply with the Lagos State Building guidelines.
The indication board for the crew ought to have specifically showed the important information of the names and addresses of the crew that completed the assignment was purposely not provided.
This suggests that the overseers of the establishment weren’t responsible, suggesting that they may have been compromised.
It is argued that there was no quality control or improvement at the construction site, where the flawed design and low-quality materials in the first story contributed to the disappointment of the building.
Judge Komolafe liked the guidelines suggested in the COREN report, because it’s all he needs.
To assure a proper understanding of the suggestions and execute as necessary, he approached a handful of the experts concerned.
It would have been revealed that CORBON has also testified that none of its members had been affiliated with the project.
The CORBON developer addressed was of enlisted rank and named Ahmed Babatunde. In his own words, No one from our group was associated with this project. We are not part of any team that carried out the reconstruction of this tower.
His voice raised as he continued, We are saying that from end to end top to bottom there is no involvement whatsoever.
As if compelled by some invisible force, his arms moved up and down swiftly. From time to time he punctuated his comments with vigorous head nodding. A quick glance at the faces of those around him told us that he wasn’t speaking for himself alone.
There seemed to be a common sentiment about Ikoyi Tower among those who spoke today. Many appeared to have some vested interest in the building being condemned outrightly.
They just wanted this whole thing over with so that they could carry on with their lives like nothing happened.