Subscribers to the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi, Lagos State, have lost huge investments it has emerged.
Some of them signed contracts ranging from over $500,000 (N206.5m) to over $3m (N1.24bn) for the purchase of luxury apartments in the high-rise from Fourscore Heights Limited, Punch reports.
According to the paper after the payment of an initial deposit, most of the subscribers signed an agreement to pay the balance over a period of 48 months.
“The higher the floor your apartment is located, the higher the price. Those on the higher floors paid more than those of us on the lower floors. I subscribed for a three-bedroom apartment on one of the floors below the eighth floor which went for $650,000. However, the owner of Fourscore Heights Limited, Mr Femi Osibana, reduced the price for some persons who were close to him. I happened to be one of those fellows. Femi and I were childhood friends.
“So, he also reduced my price to $565,000. We were together in Mayflower School in Ikene, Ogun State. We were also together at some points in London when he used to travel to Italy to buy suits and shoes for sale in the United Kingdom. Subscribers on my category were asked to pay only the initial deposit of $65,000 and then spread the remaining $500,000 over a 48-month period”, the paper quotes a subscriber as saying.
A subscriber also told The Punch he was given an apartment on the fifth floor, for which he planned to pay a monthly instalment of $10,416 (N4,301,808) over a period of 48 months, following an agreement to pay $65,000 (N26,845,000) as initial deposit.
According to him, the total package was $565,000 (N233,345,000) and it was meant to be paid over a four-year period, after the payment of the initial deposit of $65,000.
A copy of the subscriber’s letter, which was obtained by our correspondent, showed that aside from the luxury apartments, the 21-storey building also contained several facilities to be enjoyed by the intending owners, including a power generating plant, club house, swimming pool, communal offices, gym and spa, 24-hour security, servant’s quarter and parking space.