A construction worker , Steven Magilo , met untimely death after falling off the eighth floor of a building under construction and owned by Lekki Gardens, a property company in Lagos .
Reports learnt that the incident happened at the Royal Palm Drive, Osborne Foreshore Estate Phase 2 , Ikoyi , Lagos State.
Our correspondent gathered that the 30- year – old was confirmed dead in a hospital in the community, as the matter was reported at the Dolphin Police Station .
However , the Chairperson of the estate , Chinwe Ezenwa -Mba , accused Lekki Gardens of negligence , saying it was not the first time such a tragedy would be occurring in their buildings .
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She said , “ Lekki Gardens is the owner of the property from which the young man fell and died .
This is the third time in a space of months that workers will be falling off their buildings and plunging to their death .
They have no regards for human lives .
“ Reports to relevant authorities concerning their atrocities fall on deaf ears ; immediately you mention Lekki Gardens, it ’ s like a no- go area to the authorities of Lagos State. ”
Chinwe said the Lagos State Safety Commission initially sealed off the building after the estate reported Magilo ’ s death , adding that in less than a week , it was reopened .
The Estate Manager, Olushola Odukoya , faulted the decision of the state safety commission to reopen the building.
He said , “ The company ’ s safety officers told me that the victim was doing overload by trying to get things from a crane when he fell off and died . But to us on the estate , we know that enough safety measures were not taken .
“ In the last seven months , this is the third occurrence , which they acknowledged and wrote to us .
But this last death, they didn’ t want us to know , so they quickly removed the body because they knew we would not take it lightly with them .
“ We always try to monitor their constructions to see that they are in accordance with the approval they got and the safety measures the estate wants in place.
However , because of the peculiarity of Lekki Gardens, they feel they own the state and try to fence us off and do whatever they like, and that ’ s why we call on the authorities to come in and do the needful. ”
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