Introduction

Five years ago, shortly after I became the Editor of this esteemed publication, on December 12, 2016 precisely, I wrote an Editorial titled “Issues in Building Collapse”. I wrote this piece, as a result of the collapse of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, a disaster in which the official death toll was about 50 people, the collapse of Lekki Gardens in March 2016 in which about 34 people were said to have died, and I also discussed extensively, the 2014 collapse of the Guest House of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) pastored by late T.B.Joshua, in which 116 people, including 84 South Africans died, and many more were injured.

Sadly, half a decade later, the third block in a development located at 44, Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, known as ‘360 Degrees’ collapsed last Tuesday, leaving a reported 42 people or so dead (the number ascertained as of Sunday afternoon), including one Femi Osibona, the Proprietor of Fourscore Heights Ltd, the company that owns the said 360 Degrees development.

Reasons for the Collapse

The reasons for the collapse of 360 Degrees, like the others before it, even though a thorough investigation has not been done, are probably use of sub-standard, unsound materials, defective design, poor workmanship, corruption and criminal negligence. 360 Degrees seemed to have acted recklessly without reasonable caution; the duty of care required for erecting such a building that would house a large community, was not observed; and the…

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