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Coroner attributes collapse of 21-storey Ikoyi building to negligence

A picture of the collapsed building

A coroner’s inquest has revealed that the 21-story building on Gerard Road in Ikoyi, Lagos State, collapsed due to negligence by agencies responsible for building project approval and supervision.

Chief Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, the Coroner, said this while announcing the outcome of the inquest.

Chief Magistrate Komolafe delivered the verdict in an inquest into the building collapse that killed many people on November 1, 2021.

He claimed that the building’s density and setback from the site violated the Lagos State Building Regulations.

He found that the project board which should have boldly shown the sensitive and important information, including the names and addresses of the professionals who carried out the project, was deliberately not provided.

According to him, this act shows that the approving and supervising agencies did not sanction the offender, suggesting that they were compromised.

He said that the structural failure was due to design errors.

Chief Magistrate Komolafe also said that there was a lack of quality assurance/control and poor management of the project.

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

He urged the authorities concerned with the implementation of the recommendations to act accordingly.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; editing by Adeniyi Bakare