Why we could not prevent Ikoyi building collapse – Lagos agency

An official of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBAC, has alleged Femi Osibona, the owner of a high-rise that collapsed in Ikoyi last November, prevented officials from entering the construction site.

Oluseun Randle, who is assistant director, Inspectorate of Quality Control, LASBAC, told a coroner on Friday, in Lagos.

Randle alleged Osibona threatened to unleash dogs on the agency’s official, when the latter visited to inspect the site.

“An officer first visited on February 13, 2019. He peeped through a small opening in the gate and observed piling equipment.

“He moved closer to observe the piling operation and to gain access to the premises. The security operatives manning the premises did not allow him entry.

“He was only asked to wait outside of the gate for the developer (Osibona). After some minutes, the developer came and the officer told him he wanted to serve a notice.

“He (Osibona) told him that he could not go in and if tried to forcefully gain entry, he would tell the security to release dogs,” she said.

Osibona died along few of his associates and workers when the 21-storey building collapsed on them.



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