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Revealed: Ikoyi collapsed building moneybags

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

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Celebrating Father’s Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

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Celebrating Father’s Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

 

As we celebrate Father’s Day today, I extend my heartfelt greetings to all fathers in Ogun West Senatorial District, Ogun State, and across our great nation, Nigeria. This special day provides us with a unique opportunity to acknowledge and honour the profound impact that fathers have on our society and within our homes.

 

 

Celebrating Father's Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

Fathers are the bedrock of the family unit. They provide guidance, support, and unwavering love, helping to shape the values and character of their children. The role of a father is multifaceted, encompassing being a provider, protector, mentor, and friend. It is through their daily sacrifices and commitments that the next generation is nurtured to become responsible and productive members of society.

In addition to their critical roles within the home, fathers are also indispensable to the development of our nation. They contribute significantly to various sectors, driving economic growth, fostering community development, and participating actively in civic duties. Their dedication and hard work are instrumental in building a stronger, more resilient society.

On this Father’s Day, I commend all fathers for their tireless efforts and steadfast dedication. Your contributions to family and nation-building do not go unnoticed. As we celebrate you today, let us also reaffirm our collective support for policies and initiatives that empower fathers to continue fulfilling their crucial roles effectively.

May God bless all fathers with good health, wisdom, and strength as they continue to lead their families and contribute to our nation’s progress.

Happy Father’s Day!

Signed:

SENATOR (DR.)
AREMO SOLOMON
OLAMILEKAN
ADEOLA-YAYI
CON, FCTI, FCA, FFPI,
Senator, Ogun West Senatorial District & Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations
Aremo of Yewaland

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CAPT TUKUR BURATAI Jnr FELICITATES WITH GOVERNOR ZULUM AND THE PEOPLE OF BORNO STATE ON EID-AL-ADHA

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CAPT TUKUR BURATAI Jnr FELICITATES WITH GOVERNOR ZULUM AND THE PEOPLE OF BORNO STATE ON EID-AL-ADHA

 

 

In a heartfelt message, Capt Tukur Tukur Buratai extended his warm wishes to Governor Babagana Ummara Zulum and the residents of Borno State on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha. Capt Tukur Buratai emphasized the significance of the festive season as a time for prayer, reflection, and unity.

 

 

 

Capt Tukur Buratai who  is the son of Lt. Gen. TY Buratai urged the Muslim Umma to use this auspicious occasion to pray for peace, unity, and continued development in Borno State and across Nigeria. He stressed the importance of coming together as a nation to promote harmony and progress in the region.

 

 

Capt Tukur’s message resonated with many, who echoed his sentiments of hope and solidarity during this challenging time. His call for unity and cooperation serves as a reminder of the strength that can be found in coming together as a nation.

As the Eid-al-Adha celebrations continue, Capt Tukur Buratai’s message serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the people of Borno State. It is a reminder of the power of unity and prayer in overcoming challenges and achieving progress.

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Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

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Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

 

The Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Oludotun Taiwo, has extended his warmest felicitations to the Muslim community in the state and beyond as they celebrate Eid-El-Kabir.

 

 

 

 

In a statement, Engr. Taiwo praised the resilience and dedication of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, urging them to continue upholding the values of peace, love, and compassion.

 

 

Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

Engr. Oludotun called for unity and harmony among all Nigerians, regardless of religious beliefs, and prayed for peace and prosperity in the country.

Oludotun’s greetings were echoed by other state officials and religious leaders, who joined in celebrating the joyous occasion.

The Commissioner also urged Muslims, especially in his constituency, to embrace the peace and stability exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

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