“According to a report by The PUNCH, two high-rise buildings in Ikoyi, Lagos are at risk of collapse after failing experts’ integrity test, The PUNCH has learnt.
The PUNCH had reported earlier how a high-rise building under construction by Fourscore Heights Limited along Gerrard Road in Ikoyi collapsed on November 4, 2021, killing at least 44 persons.
It was also reported that the Lagos State Government had accepted 26 recommendations of the Toyin Ayinde-led panel that investigated the collapse of the 21-storey building which also killed the developer of the construction project, Mr. Femi Osibona.
According to Chukwurah Godfrey, a member of the tribunal set up to investigate the Ikoyi building collapse, the tribunal, upon concluding due investigations with regard to the factors that led to the collapse of the high-rise building, submitted its report to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu had set up a committee to review the report and produce a white paper to that effect.
Godfrey said, “When we submitted our report, the government set up a four-man committee to review our report and come up with a white paper, which they did.
“The committee came up with a white paper and accepted almost all of our recommendations except two. The ones that they accepted are the ones we are now waiting for and hoping they implement.”
He added that integrity tests conducted on some of the adjourning buildings revealed that the high-rise structures were at risk of collapse due to structural inadequacies and professional ineptitude on the part of the developer.
He said, “There are two standing towers, 15 floors each on that compound by the same developer and another one which is the gym house on six floors.
“Based on the structural designs that were made, we conducted some tests and those tests indicated that the two standing towers which are not fully loaded yet with dead load; by the time they are fully loaded with dead load, some columns on the first floor and ground (floor) will fail, and when they fail, of course you know that the building will come down.”
“The dead load is the load of the structure (as of when completed), now it is not completed. We have the live load and the dead load in engineering. The live load is the weight of the furniture, those living on it, and all of that; your utensils, furniture, appliances, electronics, and humans.”
Godfrey said when his team simulated the design and the quality of concrete that they had used on the other ones, it was noticed that some columns had collapsed on the ground and first floor.
“When you impose live load on when the building is fully loaded, then you have more failure. So in such a situation, there is no way we would recommend that people should occupy that structure,” he stated.
Similarly, a source at the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Agency, who did not want to be named, also confirmed to The PUNCH that the adjourning buildings to the collapsed structure along Gerrard Road failed integrity tests conducted in line with the investigations of the panel.
The source said, “The test they conducted on the other two buildings failed. A test was carried out on other buildings surrounding the structure and they failed that test.
How Buhari Government Robbed Me Of Victory In 2019 Elections – Ex-Vice President, Atiku
Former Vice President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he was robbed of his mandate by the All Progressive Congress (APC), noting that he won the 2019 Presidential election.
He accused the APC of using the power of incumbency and the instrument of the Federal Government to deny him the mandate given to him by voters in 2019.
Atiku stated this while speaking with the Kaduna PDP delegates at the party secretariat on Tuesday night.
“Under no circumstance will that be allowed to repeat itself in the 2023 elections should the party give me the mandate to contest. Give me your votes again like you did in 2018, I assure you that I will not disappoint you,” he pleaded.
“If given the party’s mandate and I emerge President in 2023, I will invest in education, decisively address insecurity, and create employment for the youths; unite the country and give every part of the country a sense of belonging.
“I am here again to solicit for your votes like you gave me in 2018. I won the 2019 presidential election squarely but was robbed of it; just like you people were robbed in Kaduna State using government power of incumbency, but we won’t allow a repeat of that again in 2023.
“I therefore appeal to you to elect correct and competent leaders, if I get the mandate of the party and emerge victorious in 2023; I will unite Nigerians and give every part of the country a sense of belonging.
“If elected President, I will invest in education, decisively address insecurity and provide employment to our youths, give me your votes and you won’t regret doing so” he told the delegates.
BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Nigerian Government’s Six-Count Amended Charge Against Nnamdi Kanu
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday struck out a six-count amended charge brought against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The judge threw away the fresh charges following its withdrawal by counsel to the Federal Government, Adamu Kaatu.
Citing the need for the government to open the trial of Kanu after years of delay, Kaatu opted to withdraw the new charges when it was discovered the trial cannot be opened when an amended charge is pending.
Apparently desperate that witnesses be called to give evidence against Kanu, the government lawyer hurriedly applied for the withdrawal which was not opposed by Mike Ozekhome (SAN) standing for the defendant.
Justice Nyako, in a brief ruling, struck out the amended charge to pave way for the Federal Government to open its case against Kanu.
It had earlier been reported that the government, a few hours to the hearing of Kanu’s bail application, amended the treasonable felony charges against the IPOB leader.
This had been made known by Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu’s Special Counsel, in an interview, saying the seven-count charge was amended.
“The Federal Government just amended the charges against Nnamdi Kanu now, they removed one; you know it was seven, but they removed one, and now it’s six. We are in court waiting for the judge’s arrival, and Kanu himself is yet to arrive,” Ejimakor had said.
But, in a recent development, the government had now withdrawn the six-count charge and had continued with the initial seven-count charge filed against the defendant.
The IPOB leader is facing charges of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism, and illegal possession of firearms, among others.