At least five persons are reportedly killed in Port Harcourt on Saturday when a warehouse in Area A of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Port Harcourt collapsed. BuzzNigeria gathered that the warehouse which collapsed when some of the workers on overtime duty were at work was an old facility used in storing Dangote salt.
An NPA worker who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the five persons were found in the rubble after a search was conducted a few minutes after the collapse. He said:
“It happened yesterday (Saturday) around 5pm and five persons, who were trapped in the rubble, were found dead.”
Another worker at the NPA, Area A, explained that victims of the incident were not inside the warehouse when the walls caved in. According to his own report:
“Those that died were around the bathroom and toilet area and the walls that fell affected them. Their bodies were found when the people began to open up blocks and search the rubble.”
It was also learnt that the number of workers in the warehouse as at the time of the incident could not be ascertained, but some of those who sustained various degrees of injuries are said to be receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
The Zonal Vice President of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Waite Harry who sympathized with the families said although they have no oversight function on those factory workers, humanitarian ground, the union has stopped all operations at Dangote salt within the NPA premises until when its leaders will engage the management of Dangote on the safety of their workers.
Harry added that some of the warehouses within the NPA premises were as old as the port itself, and promised that everything would be done to ensure that such incidents does not reoccur.