An exclusive report by SaharaReporters has shown that the relations of Femi Osibona, owner of the 21-storey building that collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State, are currently in a messy fight over the personal property of the deceased.
Sources close to the family told SaharaReporters that the wife, who had just flown in from the United States, tried gaining access to her husband's apartment along Mosley Road, Ikoyi but she was denied access by some of Osibona’s brothers.
SaharaReporters learnt that Mrs Osibona who had four children for the late Femi is presently in a fight-to-finish with the brothers who are laying claim to the deceased’s array of exotic cars, bank account details and other assets.
The family allegedly denied the wife access to the deceased’s apartment because there were bundles of money, keys to expensive vehicles and others in the house.
SaharaReporters was told that the two family factions came with Mobile Police Officers (MOPOL) after which they were all locked out by residents of the building who are neighbours of the deceased.
One of the sources said, “The brothers and wife of Femi Osibona are fighting over access to bank details of the deceased and keys to expensive vehicles. This is despite the fact that the man has a wife and four kids. The body is yet to be buried; they are already fighting over his property. His wife was at the site yesterday, shouting at his brothers. I think there are loads of cash in the house.
“Femi's brothers have stopped his wife and daughter from getting into his apartment. It is such a mess that money has become the root of all this evil. The brother asked the wife to go and stay at the hotel and she claimed she has no money to go there.”
Another source said, “The woman came to the house with MOPOL; the family also engaged the services of MOPOL. On each side, there were about twenty people shouting on one another. When it was already midnight, we chased every one of them out of the house. They were outside till midnight shouting, swearing, boasting and threatening. Instead of mourning, these people were fighting over assets. They have also engaged popular lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba, on the matter."
SaharaReporters had during the week reported that the Chief Executive Officer of Fourscore Homes Limited, Femi Osibona, was confirmed dead and recovered from the rubble of the collapsed structure after about four days.
The body of Osibona was discovered among others during the rescue operation on Thursday.
There had been concerns over the whereabouts of Osibona, Wale Bob-Oseni, his friend, and others trapped in the building.
Bob-Oseni, who was to catch a flight to the US, briefly made a detour to see the project at the invitation of the developer but did not walk out alive.
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. The death toll currently stands at over 40 persons.
Emergency workers had evacuated more than nine persons alive from the debris of the fallen building.
According to Highbrow Living Magazine, the collapsed property, comprising four-bedroom maisonettes, flats, duplex and penthouses, was 65 per cent sold out.
The price range for the apartment is also said to be between $1.2 million and $5 million.
The structure was said to be 80 per cent completed and was billed to be concluded in 2022.