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Collapsed Building: Court Remands Lekki Gardens MD

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A Lagos Chief Magistrate Court in Ebute Metta on Friday ordered the remand of the Managing Director of the Lekki Gardens, Mr. Richard Nyong who is the owner of the five-storey building that collapsed in Lekki area during the week, killing 35 people, many of them construction workers.
The court also ordered the remand of one of the contractors that supervised the collapsed structure, Mr Taiwo Odofin.

Nyong was remanded by Magistrate Folashade Botoku, following an ex-parte application brought before the court by the Officer-in-Charge of Legal Department of Police, Mr. Eno-Edobor, a Chief Superintendent of Police.
According to him, the application was supported with a 19-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Inspector Alli Wesere and attached with exhibits. The exhibits, according to Osuyi, included extract from police diary of the collapsed building, statements of the suspects, photographs of the suspects and photographs of the deceased.
But Olabode Olanipekun and Uangbooje Femi, lawyers to the two defendants, while opposing the application, urged the court to either admit their clients to bail in liberal term, or made an order directing the suspects to be reporting to the police during working hours.
Ruling on the submissions of both parties, Chief Magistrate Botoku upheld the application of the prosecution, and ordered that the two suspects be remanded at State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti-Yaba, for the first 30 days.
The matter was adjourned till April 12, 2016.

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