Court Jails MD Of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong and Contractor, Taiwo Odofin For 30 Days

4 years ago by: Daniel Bosai
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-- (m) at 11-03-2016 08:04PM

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Managing Director of Lekki Gardens, Richard Nyong and the Contractor, Taiwo Odofin pictured as they arrived the Ebute Metta Chief Magistrate Court, in Lagos, today Friday, March 11.







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An Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate Court on Friday granted the request of the Lagos State Police Command seeking to keep the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong in custody pending the conclusion of on-going investigation into collapse of a five-storey building under construction on Kushenla Road, Ikate Elegushi area of the state which killed no fewer than 35 persons.

The court also ordered one of the contractors handling the project, Odofin Taiwo Henry to be kept in police custody at Panti alongside Nyong for the next 30 days. Magistrate Folashade Botoku, who granted the remand order, held that same was in the interest of justice and public safety. 34-year-old Nyong was apprehended on Thursday, while Odofin was arrested on Wednesday.

The building had crumbled around 3am on Tuesday with several workers trapped in the rubble. The state government had sealed the building, which was originally designed to be a three-storey structure but in a brazen act of defiance and impunity, the owners of the building, Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the promoters of Lekki Gardens, were said to have criminally unsealed the property and continued building beyond the approved floors until the unfortunate incident.

Nyong and Odofin were brought to court at about 1pm in a black Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle with registration number (Abuja) KWL 682 CN. When the case was called, police prosecutor, Godwin Osuji informed Magistrate Botoku of an ex-parte application seeking to remand the defendants beyond the constitutionally prescribed period, saying the application was brought in the interest of justice, public safety, public order and morality.

He said in view of the circumstances of the case, it was impossible for the police to conclude the investigation within two days, hence the need for the application. According to Osuji, as at Thursday, 24 bodies were recovered from the scene of the incident, while others were still being recovered. He added that some of the relatives of the victims were still making efforts to identify their dead bodies, while autopsy is yet to be conducted. He said: "In view of the circumstances of this matter, it will be impracticable for us to conclude investigation in two days as there are so many agencies involved and so we have come to court in order not to run foul of the law."

He, therefore, urged the court to grant the request to keep the defendants in custody of the Police Criminal Investigation Department pending conclusion of investigation. Responding, counsel to the defendants, Bode Olanipekun orally applied for the bail of his clients. Olanipekun, in the alternative, urged the court to order that the police should release his clients but that they should make themselves available to police when needed.

However, Osuji, in response, said it was trite law that an application for bail could only be filed after the defendants must have been arraigned on a criminal charge. He said at the moment, the police was yet to file any charge against the defendants and as such the application for bail was not yet ripe.

In her ruling, Magistrate Botoku ruled that under Section 264 (1) of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2011, she was empowered to order the remand of a defendant as in the instant case, but that the major consideration is the justification of such application.

She held that having gone through the facts of the case, it was in the interest of justice for the application to be granted, as there was merit in it. Magistrate Botoku therefore ordered the defendants to be kept at the Criminal Investigation Department Panti for 30 days at first instance, subject to variation upon further applications. The matter was consequently adjourned to April 12.



-- gozitto (m) at 11-03-2016 08:10PM
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You kidding me, 30 days for the lost of innocent lives taken? This is insane and pathetic by our judiciary system.....God is watching
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-- emma4love3 (m) at 11-03-2016 08:15PM
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well i think is a better way of punishing at least other contractors shuld watch and becareful...
sorry guyz...some one gas pay for all the deaths and injuries of others
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-- gogoman (m) at 11-03-2016 08:21PM
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welcome to lagos
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-- slimmygal (f) at 11-03-2016 08:22PM
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Good for them, dis will serves as a lesson for other contractors say people life no be shere shere.
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-- Machealex (m) at 11-03-2016 08:29PM
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30 days only which means say na 15 days dem go stay inside. Nawaooo Naija which way now.
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-- fmswag (m) at 11-03-2016 08:31PM
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Quote from: gozitto iacono on 11-03-2016 08:10PM
You kidding me, 30 days for the lost of innocent lives taken? This is insane and pathetic by our judiciary system.....God is watching

U didnt get d post ryt bro. D 30days is just for d police to conclude investigation den d court can now make dier own judgement afta dat. Mayb anoda 5yrs join.
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-- Mykie010 (m) at 11-03-2016 08:40PM
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People no dey read bf they comment
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-- Vectorcy (m) at 11-03-2016 08:56PM
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Nyc move,,,
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-- Otikadinje (m) at 11-03-2016 08:59PM
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Good for them.
 

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-- kison (m) at 11-03-2016 09:32PM
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NEXT TIME THEY WILL be careful,THEY WILL be very very careful, CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL...
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-- nametalkam (m) at 11-03-2016 09:58PM
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Bad luck, this is a very bad day at the office, 35 people dead!

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-- Oworen25 (m) at 11-03-2016 10:29PM
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This is a very bad luck for but of them
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-- imaria (f) at 11-03-2016 10:52PM
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Ok I'm passing by
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-- BournIdentity (m) at 11-03-2016 11:45PM
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OK o ,,,, I dey saw am
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-- kp45 (m) at 12-03-2016 12:01AM
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Has money be transferred?
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-- Ololababs (f) at 12-03-2016 01:47AM
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Quote from: gozitto iacono on 11-03-2016 08:10PM
You kidding me, 30 days for the lost of innocent lives taken? This is insane and pathetic by our judiciary system.....God is watching

Atleast they now have CRs. What about Temitope Joshua? Was he prosecuted when d building collapse during Jonathan n Fashion's regime? No! Instead he blamed d calamity on an "strange plane" n case closed just like that in a country where we have rule of law o. No compensation for d affected n those who lost their lives. Now it's time to re-open the case in an international court. Nonsense!
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-- maxzy277 Online (m) at 12-03-2016 04:27AM
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Quote from: gozitto iacono on 11-03-2016 08:10PM
You kidding me, 30 days for the lost of innocent lives taken? This is insane and pathetic by our judiciary system.....God is watching
All because of " first comment ", next tym " READ " and don't rush to comment.
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-- let_koko (m) at 12-03-2016 04:48AM
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Quote from: gozitto iacono on 11-03-2016 08:10PM
You kidding me, 30 days for the lost of innocent lives taken? This is insane and pathetic by our judiciary system.....God is watching

Chief, the case is ongoing, they are still a suspect, they havent gotten the verdict yet.
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-- samdove28 (m) at 12-03-2016 05:53AM
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CAN YOU IMAGINE JUST 30DAYS FOR ALL THOSE LIFES THAT WASTED IN THAT BUILDING INCIDENT, HMMNM NAIJA
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