Ikoyi Tower: Coroner Accuses Building Agencies of Complicity

By Wahab Akinlade

The coroner inquest has revealed that the twenty one-storey building on Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State collapsed due to negligence by regulatory agencies responsible for the approval and supervision of the building project.

The Coroner, Chief Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, made this public at a sitting in Lagos, where he announced the verdict on an inquest into the tragic incident which occurred on first of November last year.

The inquest was to unravel the circumstances that led to the collapse of the building at No. 44, Gerard Road, Ikoyi.

He identified violations in the development of the collapsed structures.

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

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

The chief magistrate urged the authorities concerned with the implementation of the recommendations to act accordingly.

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