Heirs Towers, a seven-floor building housing Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in Victoria Island, has been sealed off by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) over the risk of collapse.
In a statement posted on its website on June 18, 2023, LASBCA stated that the building was exhibiting signs of structural failure.
Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki, the agency’s general manager, said the building “is suspected to be exhibiting signs of structural failure as preliminary investigations revealed that some floor tiles on the fourth floor have popped off along the expansion joints of the building”.
Oki further said that the developer had attempted to cover the obvious defects in some parts of the building without carrying out a proper investigation.
“An on-the-spot assessment of the building further revealed that in an attempt to cover up the suspected structural defects of the building, the developer had already started renovation/remodelling works without carrying out proper tests to ascertain the cause of the defects, hence the evacuation and seal-off order on the building pending further investigation.”
He credited the agency’s awareness of the situation to a whistleblower.
Heirs Holdings is an investment firm owned by Tony Elumelu, the chairman of UBA and Trnascorp Group.