15 Facts You Must Know About The #LekkiGardensTragedy

Lekki Gardens is a real estate company that has delivered 6,000 housing units since it began operations in 2011. During a heavy downpour on Tuesday March 8, a building collapsed at one of its residential estate projects at Ikate Elegushi.

We have all heard or read several stories on this tragedy and we all want justice to prevail. In as much as we want justice to prevail, shedding more light on the truth will also enlighten everyone as to how it all went wrong on the 8th of March.

The Lekki Gardens real estate company has since come out to apologize for the loss of lives resulting from the unfortunate incident while also making efforts to provide adequate medical care and attention to survivors and next of kins of the affected families.

Read my facts below..

  1. Lekki Gardens was incorporated in January 2012 as a wholly indigenous real estate firm with a clear vision to bridge the 17 million housing deficit gap in Nigeria. Lekki Gradens then moved from humble beginnings to become the market leader in the provision of super affordable homes.
  2. Lekki Gardens has over the years built a strong reputation for providing some of the best real estate in Nigeria. Lekki Gardens was designed with the vision of helping every common man become a landlord in Nigeria.
  3. Lekki Gardens operates Horizon Projects, Lekki Gardens, Ikoyi Gardens, Mainland Gardens, Port Harcourt Gardens and no such building collapse has been ever recorded in any of these estates built and operated by Lekki Gardens
  4. Lekki Gardens started with 350 housing units in 2012 and has delivered about 6,000 home units to over 4,500 families. The company provides employment to 350 persons directly and 10,000 indirectly.
  5. The building collapsed at about 4am after heavy downpour. No work was being done at the site during this time.
  6. Construction had been halted on the collapsed building at the time of the incidence.
  7. It was an uncompleted building, it wasn’t occupied and was yet to be handed over to Lekki Gardens by the contractor.
  8. There was a disclaimer on the site, which states site work resumption at 8am and closure by 6pm
  9. Lekki Gardens are the ones taking care of the bereaved, the injured and their families
  10. The company was prevented from taking pictures of the injured in the hospital and the dead bodies at the mortuary
  11. Some of the survivors confirmed that they ran from their shelter due to the heavy wind and downpour at the early hours of that morning.
  12. The site area in question is close to a large group of shanti/settlement (commonly known as the egun people)
  13. The picture of a man wearing a helmet going around is not of a worker on the site as the site was closed during the time of collapse
  14. LASG has done preliminary tests on all buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens in Lagos.
  15. Richard Nyong complied with the directive of LASG and reported himself to the office of the Commissioner of Police. Nyong has been interrogated and detained by the police since the collapse, and is being retained in prison for 30 days.

    He answered the authorities willingly when they called, he wasn’t arrested as claimed, but they cuffed him, paraded him and remanded him in prison even before a fair trial.

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