REVEALED: Ikoyi Collapsed Building Moneybags—-For months, they remained unknown, unseen and unheard of. When many were mourning the loss of lives and asking questions, they remained quiet.
Now 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, Mr Femi Odubona.
The property on 44B, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, went down on November 1,2021. 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.
Now, the mystery of the owners of the doomed property has been resolved. 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.
Among the unlucky investors are mainly big businessmen and women: A senior lawyer, Mr Oluwemimo Adepoju Ogunde SAN, a pastor, Mr Adetola Odutola, Mr Bola Odutola, Mrs Bunmi Odutola, Mr Ghandi Olaoye,Ms Zahra Temitope Motomori, Mr Adewale Folowosele, Mr Moses Anibaba, Mrs Margret Anibaba, Dr Oladipo Oluyomi, Mrs Adepeju Oluyomi and Mr Tayo Oladapo.
There are, also, two companies Kwara Business School Limitedand Saikoyi Property Limited. The owners are not specified.
Where have they been all this while? Why did they not approach the panel of inquiry set up by the government 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 served on the company handling the demolition of the two buildings that were 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 said, adding: “Now, they want to put the blame on 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.
Hajj 2023: 13 Nigerians died in Saudi Arabia – NAHCON
National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) while revealing this, announced that it recorded seven death pre-Arafah and another six in Arafah.
In his presentation at the post-Arafah meeting in Makkah, on Sunday, NAHCON Head National Medical Team (NMT), Dr. Usman Galadima, revealed that four died at Arafah while another two died at Mina, bringing the number of deaths that recorded among the Nigerian pilgrims since the commencement of Hajj to 13.
According to Dr. Galadima, there were two reported cases of deliveries of term pregnancies, and three reported cases of Chickenpox.
He said, “Some of the challenges faced in Mina include increased pressure on the ambulance services, increase congestion in Mina, and poor sanitization”.
Dr. Galadima said of the 25,722 patients attended to, 15,268 are female, while the remaining 10,454 are male.
According to the report by NAHCON NMT, Kaduna and Osun States lost two pilgrims each, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, FCT, Benue, and Lagos lost one pilgrim each, while tour operators lost three pilgrims.
In a related development, NAHCON Head of Aviation, Engr Goni Sanda, has announced that the return inaugural flight is scheduled to depart the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Nigeria on Tuesday July 4, 2023.
According to the NAHCON Head of Aviation, the pilgrims and even officials will be treated on the “first come, first to depart system”.
“By our calculation, most officials will spend nothing more than 45 days in Saudi Arabia to ensure smooth return of Nigerians home,” he added.
According to him, the return flight operation will last between July 4 to August 3, 2023, assuring that “94, 987 will be returned home safely”.
Who’s Afraid Of General Buratai?—-By Biodun Adeniyi
Who’s Afraid Of General Buratai?—-By Biodun Adeniyi—Nigerian political landscape is full of intrigues and brinkmanship. It’s full of the proverbial ‘banana peel’ and ‘pull him down syndrome’ which has become the trademark of some political jobbers, always seeing their mischief as a political tool of blackmail.
Even long after his retirement from the Army where he distinguished himself and ambassadorial position by his commander in chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, the mischief makers will not allowed General Tukur Buratai rest.
His towering image and support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has become a nightmare of sort for those who were not ready to stick out their neck when it mattered most. It’s therefore, not surprising that he has become a FACTOR and reccuring decimal in Nigerian political landscape.
The recent cowardly attack through an online portal to reopen an issue that has nothing to do with his persona is a pointer to how far his traducers will go to create confusion and shouted wolf where none exist. What’s at stake? Who is afraid of General Tukur Buratai? Why has he suddenly become the issue again? Who’s threatened that he may be assigned a higher responsibility in the new government. These posers and many more have become necessary since those who are afraid of his towering image has become implacable and will do anything to create a false impression about him.
One fact that has continued to stare the group of these political hecklers in the face is that General Tukur Yussuf Buratai is an open book. He has been examined times without number without blemish, either in or out of the military. It’s therefore baffling that those who cannot fault his credentials as soldiers soldier, has latched on to a fail rehash by serial blackmailer, whose stock in trade is the unnecessary hysteria about the soaring image of Buratai. It is an open secret that some disgruntled politicians have besieged the media looking for hack writers to hoodwink with their old fairy tales. And unfortunately, the whole lies collapsed like a tissue of lies since truth is constant. Buratai’s adept philosophy, qui sera sera, comes handy here; it does not really matter how many pebbles are hurled at him as history beckons. According to the popular saying, it’s only tree with nourished fruits that had to contend with forecious attack of those who wants to partake from its richness. General Buratai is adequately prepared for the onerous task ahead; he will not be cowed nor stampeded by those afraid of their own shadows.
Biodun Adeniyi sent this piece from Lagos
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