He was arrested instead of the known accused and remanded in prison by policemen for 11 years without trial.
Aliyu Abubakar, the Director-General of the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday on the sidelines of a two-day working visit to Lagos State.
The government said its decision followed “painstaking deliberation and examination of the Obas and Chiefs Law, and Customary Law of the community (Kirikiri)”.
The Head of Operation of LASWA, Ibrahim Famuyiwa, made the revelation during the trial of the captain of the boat, Happiness Elebiju, charged with 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The new 112-bed wing, which will cost 700,000 pounds (973,000 dollars) and be compliant with UN standards, will make it easier for Britain to comply with a prisoner transfer agreement it signed with Nigeria in 2014.
The Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Tunde Ladipo, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sergeant Donjor Perezi, had told the court that the accused – Michael Oguava, 26, a cobbler, and Toheeb Anifowose, 29, a tricycle rider – were residents of Amukoko Alaba area, a suburb of Lagos