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Owners of Ikoyi collapsed building finally revealed


A report reaching Telescope.ng indicates that the veil has been lifted off the owners of the collapsed Ikoyi building, which killed scores of workers and others, including the owner of Fourscore Heights Limited, the company that initiated the project, Femi Odubona.

It would be recalled that for months, they remained unknown, unseen and unheard of when many were mourning the loss of lives and asking questions, they remained quiet.

The property on 44B, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, went down on November 1, 2021, as subscribers reportedly paid millions of dollars for a piece of what promised to be a beautiful edifice with a commanding height on the skyline of Ikoyi – home of the rich and powerful.

The report said that the mystery of the owners of the doomed property has been resolved, adding that some individuals have gone to court in a desperate bid to stop the Lagos state government from demolishing the other buildings on the site after experts have certified them unfit to stand.

It was gathered that among the unlucky investors are mainly big businessmen and women are: A senior lawyer, Oluwemimo Adepoju Ogunde SAN, a pastor, Adetola Odutola, Bola Odutola, Mrs Bunmi Odutola, Ghandi Olaoye, Ms Zahra Temitope Motomori, Adewale Folowosele, Moses Anibaba, Mrs Margret Anibaba, Dr Oladipo Oluyomi, Mrs Adepeju Oluyomi and Mr Tayo Oladapo.

Also, it was learnt that there are two companies, Kwara Business School Limited and Saikoyi Property Limited, but the owners are not specified.

The source asked: “Where have they been all this while? Why did they not approach the government’s panel of inquiry to say all they knew about the property? Are they more interested in their money than the lives lost in this misadventure? These are some of the questions people are asking.

A government source said the state was studying the memorandum of claim on the company handling the demolition of the two buildings left standing after the incident. “However, it is not right for them to say that the government can’t take over the property. The law states explicitly that when a property collapses, the government automatically takes over the property.”

The source added: “It’s all in the public interest and the government said so. Where were they when the Panel of Inquiry sat and took far-reaching decisions on the matter? The Government has even issued a White Paper. Were they ashamed of claiming their right? Don’t you wonder the kind of investors we are talking about? They couldn’t even ask for insurance before shelling out the huge cash they claimed to have paid the late owner of the property.”

Some of the investors said they paid the late Odubona various sums of money in dollars -$120,000, $111, 111. 11, $20,000, $315,586.78 and $7,708.

They said it was the alleged negligence of government agencies that led to the collapse of the building, but a source who testified at the sitting of the Panel of Inquiry said that there was evidence that the site was sealed off by the Ministry of Physical Planning.

“Its officials were attacked at the site. In fact, the promoter of the project was arrested. The site was reopened and the promoter was yet to show proof of all he was asked to do before the building collapsed.” He added, adding, “Now, they want to blame the government; that is being clever by half.”

A source who pleaded for anonymity said: “Now that the owners or potential owners of the doomed property have shown their face, those who lost their loved ones can go after them for compensation.”

The Lagos State Government is yet to react to the call for a meeting by the subscribers.

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