Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been reportedly implicated in the ownership of the collapsed uncompleted 21-storey building in Lagos State.
On Monday, the building located on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos collapsed with a yet-to-be-ascertained number of persons still trapped beneath the rubble.
In the aftermath, SaharaReporters revealed on Thursday, November 4, that the landed property was bought by Osinbajo from Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, founder of Elizade Motors (Elizade Nigeria Limited) shortly after he became the Vice President.
“Osinbajo is linked to the property, that house that collapsed on Monday in Lagos State. I was aware when he got the landed property from Elizade. A woman was selling food at the place before, that was where all workers and labourers working around here do eat,” a facility manager told the news medium.
“The Vice President has a lot of properties in the area, he is using his brother to manage the properties. The developer, Femi Osibona is only fronting for him. Osinbajo even bought another property for his brother in the area, it’s at Mosley Street. The brother is the one managing it personally, he comes there almost every time.
“If the Lagos State Government is serious, they should tell us who owns the land.”
The developer’s brother, Lanre Osibona was Senior Special Assistant to the President on ICT from May 2015 to December 2019.
Another source said, “I know the land was bought by the Vice President from Elizade. I can’t really say maybe he sold it to Osibona. I know when the land was bought. That’s where we do eat.
“I know he owns the land, what are you expecting, so you expect a whole Vice President to put his name in such project. He can never put his name, Femi Osibona, Fourscore Managing Director is only a front in this project. The Vice President wanted the project to finish before 2023.”
A staff member of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) told SaharaReporters that there ‘was an order from above’ not to visit the building during monitoring.
He wondered why the General Manager of the agency, Gbolahan Oki, was suspended and the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako not punished.
“Why the GM? The man that just assumed office; what about the commissioner that passes through the road every day on his paper tiger monitoring? Let the governor suspend him and his PS as well,” he said.
“I know the building is owned by a top government official; the man in question, Osibona was only fronting for that government official. We received an order from above to stop going to the site during monitoring. I heard the Vice President intervened when the project was sealed off early in the year; but I can’t say maybe he is the owner. Don’t forget they are both from Ikenne in Ogun State.”