Lekki Gardens M,others arraigned for manslaughter

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Lekki Gardens MD Richard Nyong and Engineer  Shola Olumofe

The five persons and three firms allegedly involved in the March 8, 2016 Lekki building collapse which killed five persons were arraigned Monday before a Lagos High Court, Igbosere.

They are Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited Richard Nyong, Shola Olumofe, the engineer that supervised the collapsed structure Henry Taiwo Odofin, Omolabake Mortune, Omotilewa Oluwatosin Joseph and three limited liability companies: Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Get Too Rich Investment Limited a.k.a. GT Rich Investment Limited and HT Insight Solution Limited.

They were accused of one count of failure to obtain a building permit and five counts of involuntary manslaughter

The defendants pleaded not guilty.

Attorney-General Adeniji Kazeem, then noted that by their arraignment the defendants’ previous bail had been revoked.

He said: “Following their arraignment, the defendants are now properly before the court. The bail that the defendants previously enjoy stand revoked. However, we are very aware that except for the second defendants, the others have been cooperating.”

In a bench ruling, Justice Nwaka allowed the defendants except the second defendant, Shola Olumofe, to continue enjoying the bail earlier granted them.

She ordered all defendants to deposit their international passports in the court’s possession within 24 hours.

The judge admitted Olumofe to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in the like sum and ordered that he be remanded in prison custody till he perfects his bail condition

She adjourned till October 26 for trial. ‎

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