A cross-section of owners at Horizon Premier-1 Estate in Lekki, have dragged Lekki Gardens Estate Limited, and Managing Director of the company, Richard Nyong, to a Lagos High Court over the alleged distortion of the estate layout to build shops in the space originally meant for children playground, green area and recreation facilities within the Estates.
The claimants who are 20 unit home-owners at the estate in a suit filed at the Lagos Division of the High Court by the law firm of Advocaat Law Practice are demanding an immediate reversion to the original layout in the 33-unit estate, which suffered over two years of delay in delivery, a default for which the subscribers are also demanding compensation.
The claimants’ arguments
They claimed Lekki Gardens had sold units at the estate in 2015 with a pledge to deliver in 2016, which did not happen up until the time of filing the suit in 2018. The claimants also noted that rather than apologise for the delay and make adequate compensation for loss of rent revenue to subscribers, the developer decided to convert the space for children’s playground, green area and recreation facilities to shops under the guise of providing facility offices.
They also accused Mr Nyong of setting up new property development companies to advance his business and avoid the disgrace the 2016 collapse building incident brought to the Lekki Gardens brand and to shield the company from liabilities.
Another legal battle for Lekki Gardens
Recall that a six-storeyed building at Ikate Elegushi area of Lekki belonging to Lekki Gardens Estate Limited had collapsed on March 10, 2016, during construction, killing over 30 people and injuring many. The company and its promoters, including Nyong, are currently facing criminal charges in a Lagos State High Court for the incident.