A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the managing director of Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Richard Nyong and seven others on Monday told a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere that the collapsed five storey building had no building approval. The witness, Maruis Agwu, an Architect, also told the trial judge, Justice Sybil Nwaka, that the initial plan of the building was three storey building, but that Nyong later told him of his intention to increase the building from three storey to five floors because of the high demand of subscribers. The Lagos State government had arraigned Nyong and others on a six-count charge of failure to obtain building approval and manslaughter following the building collapse which killed five people. Others arraigned before the court are; Richard Nyong, Henry Odofin, Molabake Mortune, Omotilewa Joseph, Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Get Too Rich Investment Ltd and Artech Insignia Ltd. Agwu, while being led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, pointed out that he is not a certified architect but that he graduate from the University of Nsuka and also got a masters degree at the same university in 2007. The witness also testified that when he discovered the defect on the collapsed building which was brought to their notice by one madam Omolabake Mortune, he drew the attention of the managing director of Lekki Gardens to the building and he said he was going to do something about it but he never did.
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